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This is a revised and enlarged edition of the most extensive and detailed critical reading of English Romantic poetry ever attempted in a single volume. It is both a valuable introduction to the Romantics and an influential work of literary criticism. The perceptive interpretations of the major poems of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Beddoes, Clare, a This is a revised and enlarged edition of the most extensive and detailed critical reading of English Romantic poetry ever attempted in a single volume. It is both a valuable introduction to the Romantics and an influential work of literary criticism. The perceptive interpretations of the major poems of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Beddoes, Clare, and Darley develop the themes of Romantic myth-making and the dialectical relationship between nature and imagination.For this new edition, Harold Bloom has added an introductory essay on the historical backgrounds of English Romantic poetry and an epilogue relating his book to literary trends.


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This is a revised and enlarged edition of the most extensive and detailed critical reading of English Romantic poetry ever attempted in a single volume. It is both a valuable introduction to the Romantics and an influential work of literary criticism. The perceptive interpretations of the major poems of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Beddoes, Clare, a This is a revised and enlarged edition of the most extensive and detailed critical reading of English Romantic poetry ever attempted in a single volume. It is both a valuable introduction to the Romantics and an influential work of literary criticism. The perceptive interpretations of the major poems of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Beddoes, Clare, and Darley develop the themes of Romantic myth-making and the dialectical relationship between nature and imagination.For this new edition, Harold Bloom has added an introductory essay on the historical backgrounds of English Romantic poetry and an epilogue relating his book to literary trends.

30 review for The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    John

    I have read and referred to this book over many years. An excellent study of the British Romantics. It does not go into the weeds as much as some of Bloom’s studies — perhaps because he wrote this early in his career. This one is plainer, straightforward, with good analyses. For an understanding of William Blake, this book is as good as any study written, in my opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James

    Possibly Bloom's masterpiece, this is the ultimate study of the English Romantics. Bloom's earliest books are his most essential, and this is very likely the best of these. Beautiful analysis throughout.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Muzzy

    Bloom's prose is at its very best here. If you haven't read any Bloom yet, I highly recommend you start here. His chapter on Percy Shelley alone is beautiful -- some of the clearest explication I've ever encountered. The English Romantics owe Harold Bloom a huge debt for preserving their memory in America.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Crucial work by Harold Bloom on Romantic Poetry which has provided a foundation for many other scholars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wm Jas Tychonievich

    (This book lives at Casa Minierva, where I read it for a few minutes each week as I wait for my food. It's going to be on my "currently reading" list for a looong time.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Souvik Bhattacharji

    Visionary Company is the key to open the treasury of English Romantic poetry...

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    Paul Wilner

    Brilliantly written, argued, before the whole Bloomian myth developed.

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