Young Romantics: The Tangled Lives of English Poetry's Greatest Generation
Young Romantics tells the story of the interlinked lives of the young English Romantic poets from an entirely fresh perspective—celebrating their extreme youth and outsize yearning for friendship as well as their individuality and political radicalism.
The book focuses on the network of writers and readers who gathered around Percy Bysshe Shelley and the campaigning journ
This is not necessarily a bad thing; Mary Shelley and Claire Clairmont were fascinating people, however this seems to be ...more
You might know that the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was friends with the equally renowned poet Lord Byron and husband to Mary Shelley, ...more
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A very interesting attempt to portray the complicated dynamics between the inner circle of the English poets from the Romantic era. Hay sets out to show how vital the friendships and relationships between the poets were to their work; essentially deconstructing the idea and myth of the romantic genius wrapped in deep solitude.
In order to emphasize this importance of friendship and social interactions, Hay mainly focuses on the Shelleys, as t ...more
I should say I'm not a big reader of biographies, so my love for this book could be influenced by that. I already knew a lot of the story of Mary and Percy Shelley, but I've always wanted to read a longer ac ...more
One thing that bothered me about the book ...more
I couldn't disagree more with the reviewers who said this book reads like a thesis or dissertation. In fact, one of the things I liked best about it was its lack of academic jargon. Instead, it recreates the era through t ...more