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The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 19th Century
  • Authored by: William Flesch, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Companion to Literature
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816058962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5896-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 821
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 480


Many of the most popular British poets—the ones most taught and studied in classrooms—wrote during the 19th century. Among them were the famous romantic poets, including William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, John Keats, George Gordon Byron, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the Victorian poets, such as Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century is a new encyclopedic guide to the 19th-century authors, poetry, historical places, and themes common to this literary period. This essential A-to-Z reference boasts a comprehensive and accessible format.

Coverage includes:

  • Poets, including the great romantics and Victorians, as well as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, W.B. Yeats, and many more
  • Major poems and books of poetry, such as "Ode to the West Wind" by Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Important movements in poetry, such as romanticism and the Pre-Raphaelite poetry
  • Influential journals
  • Terms and concepts, such as sublime and negative capability.


Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

William Flesch, Ph.D., is professor of English at Brandeis University. He is the author of Generosity and the Limits of Authority: Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton and Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of Fiction.

Reviews and Awards

"...useful for general readers interested in this era of British poetry...a worthwhile addition to college and university libraries...Recommended."


"...an outstanding reference work that brings together a great deal of biographical and analytical information and will help students and librarians find poetry explication for well-studied poets and poems. A must purchase for high-school, public, and academic libraries."


"This is the richest and most valuable companion to poetry that I have read. William Flesch fuses three qualities impossible to find in any similar volume. He manifests extraordinary, detailed, and accurate learning in regard to everything he discusses. More rare is his very high critical acuity in regard to individual poets and poems...there is a continuous and moving love for the poetry under discussion throughout these very lively pages."
Harold Bloom

"...a comprehensive and engaging guide...informative without becoming dry or pedantic...the author's enthusiasm for each topic makes it an enjoyable read...a valuable addition to academic, public, and personal libraries."

American Reference Books Annual

"...engaging...[a] wonderful reference..."

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