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The Circle of Our VisionDante's Presence in English Romantic Poetry$
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Ralph Pite

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112945.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

The archetype of all modern poetry’

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(p.1) I Introduction
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The Circle of Our Vision
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Ralph Pite

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112945.003.0001

In 1819, Thomas Love Peacock observed that Dante had been increasingly included in required readings and this sudden emergence in Dante's popularity he thought may be attributed to the influential lectures delivered by Coleridge and by Ugo Foscolo's articles in the Edinburgh Review between 1818 and 1819. As such, Dante's Commedia as well as Henry Cary's translation entitled The Vision was promoted, reprinted, and sold well. The advocacies initiated by Coleridge demonstrate how Dante's appeal encompasses more than a single school of political thought. This chapter attempts to explain how Dante's works embodies the various poetic ambitions of several Romantic writers, particularly in terms of combining the truth of nature with imagination.

Keywords:   Dante, Coleridge, Ugo Foscolo, political thought, poetic ambitions, Romantic writers, nature, imagination, truth

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