on 18 April 2011
Romantic Writings is a course book for the Open University's A210 Approaching Literature module which is closing in 2011. It covers poetry by the Romantic poets (Byron, Shelley), and/or during the Romantic period (1780-1830), rather than the genre of romantic (love) poetry.
It gives historical context to the poets and explores the poems themselves. For the most part, it deconstructs the poems on the contextual level, in order for you to be able to find the meanings in the poetry yourself. It does break down some poems but it really is trying to teach you to be able to do this yourself- which you can do if you really read and 'listen' to what is being taught here. It covers Wordsworth's The Prelude in detail and doesn't ignore women writers. It doesn't really teach you about the range of poetic techniques, rather, it focuses on history and meaning.
I've not given it 5 stars because sometimes it is too in depth and it reaches for answers that you might say are reaching, and it does spoil things sometimes. So a high 4 star and recommended to anyone studying the Romantic poets or period.