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The Circle of Our Vision: Dante's Presence in English Romantic Poetry

Ralph Pite


The sudden and spectacular growth in Dante's popularity in England at the end of the 18th century was immensely influential for English writers of the period. But the impact of Dante on English writers has rarely been analysed and its history has been little understood. Byron, Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, Blake, and Wordsworth all wrote and painted while Dante's work — its style, project, and achievement — commanded their attention and provoked their disagreement. This book discusses each of these writers in detail, assessing the nature of their engagement with the Divine Comedy and the conseque ... More

Keywords: Dante's popularity, 18th century, English writers, Divine Comedy, Romantic poets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Pite, author
University of London