Introduction; Part I. Southey: 1. The Lake Poets and the picturesque view: the visual turn in the late Southey; 2. Poetic hells and pacific edens: Southey's Tale of Paraguay and Byron's The Island; Part II. Coleridge: 3. Print and performance: Christabel: Kubla Khan, A Vision; The Pains of Sleep; 4. The language of love in the late Coleridge: annual verse and collected poetry; Part III. Wordsworth: 5. Naming the abyss: Wordsworth and the sound of power; 6. Picturing the prehistoric: Wordsworth's sightseeing.
This book explores the significance of the late poems of the Lake Poets and the establishment of their later careers.
Tim Fulford is a Professor of English at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has published widely on Romantic and eighteenth-century literature and culture. He is editor of The Banks of Wye: A Critical Edition (2012) and co-editor of Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works, 1811–1838 (2012).
'This richly contextual, deeply researched book is likely to appeal
to all those interested in the evolution of the long creative life,
and the challenges it presents to traditional categories of
literary periodization.' The Times Literary Supplement
'The 'Lakeness' of Southey, Coleridge and Wordsworth amounted to a revisionary belatedness. This richly researched study shows us how an initially hostile label came to signify something positive about these poets … this study includes many brilliantly resourceful close readings of unfamiliar poems. Fulford's critical style is enlivened by daring coinages that show off his writerly verve and reinternalize the literary as a presence within what he has to say. Not the least virtue of this learned book is not just how much its trenchant re-assessments inform us, but how well it displays the author's relish of and commitment to poetry.' Peter Larkin, Review 19 (www.nbol-19.org)
'… the book describes not the experience of any given reader but something like the reanimated or reimagined experiences of the authors themselves, which makes it a remarkable act of critical sympathy and engagement.' Brian Goldberg, Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era