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British Poetry and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Visions of Conflict

Simon Bainbridge


This book argues that poetry played a major role in the mediation of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars to the British public, and that the wars had a significant impact on poetic practices and theories in the Romantic period. It examines a wide range of writers, both canonical (Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Byron) and non-canonical (Smith, Southey, Scott, and Hemans), and locates their work within the huge amount of war poetry published in newspapers and magazines. It shows that poetry was a crucial form through which what were seen as the first modern or ‘total’ wars were imagined in Britain ... More

Keywords: mediation, Romantic period, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Smith, Southey, Scott, war poetry, imagining of war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Bainbridge, author
Professor of English Literature, University of Keele
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