Henry Stead's A Cockney Catullus: The Reception of Catullus in Romantic PDF

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By Henry Stead

Catullus, essentially the most Hellenizing, scandalous, and emotionally expressive of the Roman poets, burst onto the British cultural scene through the Romantic period. It was once now not till this socially, politically, and culturally explosive epoch, with its mania for all issues Greek, that Catullus' paintings used to be first absolutely translated into English and performed a key position within the countercultural and commercially pushed classicism of the time. formerly marginalized at the traditional
eighteenth-century curriculum as a captivating yet debauched minor love poet, Catullus was once found as an enormous poetic voice within the overdue Georgian period by way of reformist emulators-especially within the so-called Cockney School-and gained common admire. during this quantity, Henry Stead pioneers a brand new means of
understanding the main function Catullus performed in shaping Romanticism through reading significant literary engagements with Catullus, from John Nott of Bristol's pioneering book-length bilingual variation (1795), to George Lamb's polished verse translation (1821). He identifies the impression of Catullus' poetry within the paintings of various Romantic-era literary and political figures, together with Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hunt, Canning, Brougham, and Gifford, demonstrating the measure of its cultural
penetration.

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