The Poetry of W.H. Ireland 1801-1815 Including the Poet's Imitations,Satires,Romantic Verses,and Commentaries on Coleridge,Wordsworth,Southey,and Others - Studies in British Literature S. No. 85 (Hardback)
  • The Poetry of W.H. Ireland 1801-1815 Including the Poet's Imitations,Satires,Romantic Verses,and Commentaries on Coleridge,Wordsworth,Southey,and Others - Studies in British Literature S. No. 85 (Hardback)
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The Poetry of W.H. Ireland 1801-1815 Including the Poet's Imitations,Satires,Romantic Verses,and Commentaries on Coleridge,Wordsworth,Southey,and Others - Studies in British Literature S. No. 85 (Hardback)

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William-Henry Ireland's footnote in history is secure: he is the boy who forged the "lost" Shakespeare play Vortigern. The question is, should he be remembered for more than his Shakespearean tomfoolery? Ireland wrote a vast amount of poetry after his exposure, some of which was widely popular, yet to date, William-Henry Ireland's verse has received almost no attention and has, until now, never been collected, professionally edited, or even sampled for anthology. This volume samples Ireland's post- Shakespearean poetry, beginning with Ballads in Imitation of the Antient (1801) and concluding with his satirical Scribbleomania (1815). The introduction argues that Ireland deserves a place among the Romantics of his era. The volume includes a forward by Nick Groom, author of The Forger's Shadow. If W.H. Ireland is known at all, it is as the audacious forger of the Shakespearean manuscripts that briefly bewitched the literary world in the last years of the eighteenth century, culminating in a catastrophic premiere of the "rediscovered" play Vortigern on 2 April, 1796. For over two centuries this escapade has condemned him on moral grounds to the anecdotal periphery of literary history, and consequently overshadowed the rest of his oftenflamboyant writing career. A reassessment of Ireland's work is well overdue, and this selection of his verse repositions him as a radical writer of the Romantic period. Dr. Nick Groom - University of Bristol (From the Foreword)

Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780773462694
Number of pages: 385

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