Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Question About Poetry

I have never been much of a poetry reader (this is one spot where I am unlike Marianne Dashwood), but I am looking for poems which express grief – a broken heart, and so on – that would be around (perhaps even popular) in 1811, and I would appreciate help. Do any of you have suggestions? The name of the poem and the name of the writer would be sufficient; I will then look it up. =) Thank you!


Abby said...

I'll admit I've never read very much poetry either, but a good place to start might be looking at the English Romantic poets who were part of the Romanticism movement, which started around the mid to late 1700s.
The most well-known poets involved in the movement include Keats, Blake, Wordsworth, Byron etc. A quick google should come up with some more.
I'm not sure if they would have been popular around 1811: although Keats wasn't very popular during his life time, his poetry might be suitable for what you seem to be after (see his various odes) although I'm not sure since I'm not very familiar with his work, but that's probably where I'd look first.

Sorry I can't be much help, but hopefully this will be helpful for pointing you in the right direction with your research :)


Marian said...

Agreed with Abby.... Wordsworth wrote a beautiful, but melancholy, set of poems called "the Lucy poems":

There's a lot of mystery regarding Lucy's identity or even if she was real, but either way, the poems give a lovely portrait of her character. :)

Maria Elisabeth said...

There can never be too many comments! I'm not sure about sad poems which would be popular around 1811 - do you want poems like ballads or ones that just talk about abstract grief?

Anyways, in your poll I voted for Mr. Elton, because even if he isn't the villain, he's probably the villainest.

Melody said...

Thanks! I went to the library yesterday, got some poetry books, and I'm on my way...

Maria Elisabeth,
Anything will do - just as long as it's sad/expresses grief. :)

More suggestions are still appreciated!

Miss Dashwood said...

Heehee, and now I think I know why you wanted this... does it have to do with a fictional character whose name starts with C? :D

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