The Lake Poets Embracing Conservatism - Essay

Embracing Conservatism

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

George Brandes

SOURCE: "The Lake School's Conception of Liberty," in Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Literature: Naturalism in England, Vol. IV, translated by Mary Morison, William Heinemann, 1905, pp. 85-89.

[In the following essay, originally published in 1875, Brandes compares the views of liberty held by the Lake Poets with those of the later Romantic poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley.]

Coleridge and the other members of the Lake School would never have dreamt of calling themselves anything but warm friends of liberty; the days were past when the reactionaries called themselves by another name. Coleridge wrote one of his most beautiful...

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