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Bright StarsJohn Keats, Barry Cornwall and Romantic Literary Culture$
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Richard Marggraf Turley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312113

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315145

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‘Breathing Human Passion’: Cornwall and Popular Romanticism

‘Breathing Human Passion’: Cornwall and Popular Romanticism

(p.28) 1 ‘Breathing Human Passion’: Cornwall and Popular Romanticism
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This chapter examines the role of Bryan Cornwall in the popularisation of romanticism in England. It discusses Cornwall's influence on the reception of John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley and describes his dexterity in negotiating popular taste. It explains how Shelley's antipathy towards Cornwall's commercial success led him to produce A Defence of Poetry, which is considered one of the greatest Romanticism manifestos. This chapter also investigates the reasons behind the popularity of Cornwall among contemporary readers and identifies the factors that contributed to the sudden decline in his reputation after 1823.

Keywords:   Bryan Cornwall, Romanticism, England, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, commercial success, A Defence of Poetry, contemporary readers

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