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How women got dressed in 18th century England (VIDEO).

It took so long to get dressed in the 18th century that it's a miracle any of these people ever left the house.<p>See for yourself in this fascinating …

Trump as Julius Caesar: anger over play misses Shakespeare's point, says scholar

When a blond Julius Caesar bounded on stage this weekend with a red tie and a svelte wife with a Slovenian accent, the New York audience laughed.<p>They laughed at Caesar’s punchy rhetoric and big hand gestures and susceptibility to flattery. They giggled at Calpurnia’s mincing gait and slinky, …

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‘Proved upon our pulses’: Keats in context

• Article by: Andrew Motion<br>• Theme: Romanticism<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>Keats is often seen as a purely sensual poet, isolated from the social and political …

How the decadence and depravity of London's 18th century elite was fuelled by hot chocolate

One midsummer’s day in 1750, a man had a seizure in front of the main gate to St James’s Palace and collapsed onto the pavement. Some passers-by promptly carried him into the nearest building which, unluckily for him, turned out to be White’s Chocolate House. For inside, through thick plumes of …

Jonathan Swift wrote his satirical essay on the treatment of the poor in 1729. Here is an updated version for our times<p>A Modest, Modern Proposal For preventing the Descendants of Immigrant and Indigenous Americans, as well as Slaves and Pioneers, Recent Refugees and Pilgrim Refugees, from being a …

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Donald Trump’s modest proposals: His campaign sounded like a Jonathan Swift essay — but who got the joke?

A new biography of Jonathan Swift, the godfather of political satire, couldn’t come at a better time<p>If Giorgio Vasari is the godfather of art history, James Brown is the godfather of soul, and Marlon Brando is the godfather, then Jonathan Swift is surely the godfather of satire. That is not to say …

Poem of the week: England in 1819

That most courtly of forms, the sonnet, turns against the court, among other power structures, in this week's choice. Shelley's extraordinarily-shaped "England in 1819" is centaur-like, its majestic, nearly Petrarchan opening sestet fused with a heavier, rougher octet. The octet's rhymes partly …

Mont Blanc by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley was just short of his 25th birthday when he began drafting "Mont Blanc" in July 1816. It was published the following year in the volume he and Mary Shelley jointly compiled, History of a Six Weeks' Tour Through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland. While sometimes described as …

The Man Who Made the Novel

Loving and loathing Samuel Richardson.<p>It’s hard to imagine a more unlikely novelist than Samuel Richardson. The son of a carpenter, he attended school only intermittently until he was seventeen, when his formal education ended and he was apprenticed to a printer. He didn’t publish his first novel …

The Novel in the Age ofDigital Diversion

In <i>The End of Absence</i>, an alternately shrewd and sentimental account of Internet-age distraction, author Michael Harris offers an autobiographical …

Romantic readings: ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ by John Keats

<i>by Lynn Roberts</i><p>Humans want to know things. They’re as full of ’satiable curtiosity as the Elephant’s Child, and when anything interests them they …

In The 18th Century Dressing Room: Public Poems about Private Spaces

<i>The following is a lecture I wrote in February of 2016 and delivered on March 3, 2016 before the students and faculty in a course called “Culture and</i> …

Literature

The Gentlemen's Clubs ~ Part One

The Georgian aristocracy lived life to the full. They loved eating, drinking, carousing, partying, racing and… gambling.<p>During the Regency, most – if …

Written at a time of political repression, were Robert Burns’s late poems covertly radical, or are contemporary academics reading their own leftist values into history? Murray Armstrong on the battle for the soul of Burns Night<p>“Scots wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,” wrote Robert Burns in 1793, a line …

Literature

An introduction to ‘Ozymandias’

• Article by: Stephen Hebron<br>• Theme: Romanticism<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p>Stephen Hebron looks at P B Shelley’s 'Ozymandias', showing how his use of form and …

Edmund Burke and the Sublime

<i>By Simon Court</i><p>The idea of the sublime is central to a Romantic’s perception of, and heightened awareness in, the world. It was Edmund Burke, who in …

Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, a ferocious attack on war and oppression, becomes Bodleian Library’s 12 millionth book<p>An incendiary lost poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, in which the young poet attacks the “cold advisers of yet colder kings” who “coolly sharpen misery’s sharpest fang … …

Literature

Having just completed a political biography of Shelley (Pluto Press), I was delighted to see that the “lost” poem, Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, written in 1811 in support of Peter Finnerty, has been bought by the Bodleian Library (Report, 11 November) and is at last available …

Literature

Lost Shelley poem defending jailed Irish journalist unveiled

Vanessa Redgrave reads pamphlet defending former United Irishman Peter Finnerty<p>Tue, Nov 10, 2015, 18:15<p>Percy Bysshe Shelley by Amelia Curran (1819): …

BBC Radio 4 - New Lyrical Ballads, Episode 1

First of two programmes that will see Britain's current poets reading their own work inspired by Wordsworth and Coleridge's original Lyrical Ballads. That slim volume of poetry, published in Wine Street in Bristol, is renowned for its radical preface and considered to have marked the beginning of …

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The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

Essays<p><b>From that famed night of ghost-stories in a Lake Geneva villa in 1816, as well as Frankenstein’s monster, there arose that other great figure</b> …

The Romantics - Nature (BBC documentary)

Mary Shelley

The Romantics - Eternity (BBC documentary)

Atheism

The Romantics - Liberty (BBC Documentary)

Psychogeography

Why Did People Wear Powdered Wigs?

For nearly two centuries, powdered wigs—called perukes—were all the rage. The chic hairpiece would have never become popular, however, if it hadn't …

History