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Beachy Head with Other Poems

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On Thy Stupendous Summit, Rock Sublime That O'er The Channel Rear'd, Half Way At Sea The Mariner At Early Morning Hails, I Would Recline; While Fancy Should Go Forth, And Represent The Strange And Awful Hour Of Vast Concussion; When The Omnipotent.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing
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Jan 23, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
It takes a lot of plant knowledge to get into the substrate of "Beachy Head." But my impression is that she evokes a kind of swampy romantic vision of nature rooted in her childhood, ridicules more masculine pastoral version of romanticism, and then shoots it in the head and stuffs the body in a hole. Literally, it ends with a corpse. The years of a bad marriage, debtors prison, etc seem to seep into this--the amplitude of her life experience. Yowza.
Jun 27, 2013 Lesliemae rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-writers, poetry
The way the Romantics must deal with the transformation and perceived rupture of their reality is truly astounding, deeply sympathetic, and ever timely. How do you allay personal suffering when all you can see when you look out your window is the black asphalt hillocks roll into the intermingled horizon of half-built condo-developments, smoke stacks, expressways, and passing commercial barges? I've always been struck by Wordsworth, who told me one yesteryear that the eye that can see it - sees b ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
it was certainly an interesting read. I had to grab a few poems from Smith to write and essay for class, and she certainly provided! Admittedly there is very little critical work I've been able to find on Smith, but that means there's more interpretation for me to do!

Loren Harway said that there isn't much to this book. I vehemently disagree. Her work as a female Romantic-era poet is outstanding and exemplifies the emphasis on nature and the common man.
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Well I didn't totally understand it. But then I didn't want to, so fair dues.
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Charlotte Turner Smith (4 May 1749 – 28 October 1806) was an English Romantic poet and novelist. She initiated a revival of the English sonnet, helped establish the conventions of Gothic fiction, and wrote political novels of sensibility.

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