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Poetic Theory

In addition to the set texts, you should read the following essays on poetic theory, included in your anthologies.




Edmund Burke, from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757)

Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)

William Wordsworth, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads (1800)

S. T. Coleridge, from Biographia Literaria (1817)

P. B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry (extracts)

John Keats, letter to George and Tom Keats, December 21, 1817; letter to John Hamilton Reynolds, May 3, 1818; letter to Richard Woodhouse, October 27, 1818




William Johnson Fox, 'Tennyson: Poems, Chiefly Lyrical 1830'

Arthur Henry Hallam, 'On Some of the Charateristics of Modern Poetry'

John Stuart Mill, 'What is Poetry?'

Robert Buchanan, 'The Fleshly School of Poetry: Mr D. G. Rossetti'

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'The Stealthy School of Criticism'

Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Author's Preface'