The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry
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The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry

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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...more
Paperback, 506 pages
Published April 30th 1971 by Cornell University Press
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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.
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.
Wm Jas Tychonievich
Sep 19, 2008 Wm Jas Tychonievich is currently reading it
(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.)
Souvik Bhattacharya
Visionary Company is the key to open the treasury of English Romantic poetry...
Paul Wilner
Brilliantly written, argued, before the whole Bloomian myth developed.
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Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.
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