English Romantic Hellenism Influence Of Greek Mythology On The Romantics - Essay

Influence Of Greek Mythology On The Romantics

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Douglas Bush (essay date 1937)

SOURCE: "Coleridge: Wordsworth: Byron," in Mythology and the Romantic Tradition in English Poetry, 1937. Reprint, Harvard University Press, 1969, pp. 51-80.

[In the following essay, Bush examines the influence of Greek mythology on Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Byron. Bush argues that Christian ideas dominate "Hellenic impulses " in Coleridge's poetry; maintains that Wordsworth "re-created mythological poetry for the nineteenth century "; and asserts that Byron's use of myth is most effective in his satires.]

I. Coleridge

Before we come to Wordsworth, who has been described as...

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