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William Gilbert and Esoteric Romanticism: A Contextual Study and Annotated Edition of 'The Hurricane'

Paul Cheshire

Abstract

William Gilbert, poet, theosophist and astrologer, published The Hurricane: A Theosophical and Western Eclogue in Bristol in 1796, while he was on intimate terms with key members of Bristol literary culture: Coleridge published an extract from The Hurricane in his radical periodical The Watchman; Robert Southey wrote of the poem’s ‘passages of exquisite Beauty’; and William Wordsworth praised and quoted a long passage from Gilbert’s poem in The Excursion. The Hurricane is a copiously annotated 450 line blank verse visionary poem set on the island of Antigua where, in 1763, Gilbert was born int ... More

Keywords: William Gilbert, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Southey, esotericism, Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941206
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941206.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Cheshire, author