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on 10 February 2016
Thematically arranged extensive anthology of poetry in the British Romantic period which extends beyond the era of Blake Wordsworth Shelley & Byron both before and after. Introductory comments on each thematic section, as well as a good general introduction. Accompanied by copious notes.
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on 14 November 2017
Excellent collection
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on 20 June 2015
This is a review of the implementation for Kindle, not of the book itself.

There are two problems. Firstly, the text is centred in the page. Due to the restricted width of the Kindle screen many lines wrap. The verses can only be read comfortably in landscape mode.

A more serious problem concerns the notes. They have not been implemented as footnotes (where the annotated word or phrase is underlined and the note appears at a touch). This would have been wonderful. Instead they appear as a chapter at the end of the book, and have no index or table of contents themselves. The only way to locate the notes for a particular poem is to navigate to the notes chapter via the main contents menu and then use the preview slider (swipe up) to scan through. Annoyingly, footnotes do exist (and this is what misled me into buying the Kindle edition in the first place) but are used only to define obscure vocabulary or dialect. Why does the Notes entry in the main contents not have a "sub" table of contents, as do the other chapters of the book ("Romantic Hallmarks", etc)? The same criticism applies to the Biography chapter and the indexes.

Considering that the notes are one of the main reasons to buy this book - as opposed to a much cheaper un-annotated edition such as Dover Thrift - or indeed to downloading everything from Project Gutenberg, as the verse itself all in the public domain - I do feel rather cheated.
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on 3 June 2008
I don't think I'm too keen on the Romantics, and perhaps I should not write about this book - but I think the choice is catholic and representative and I would commend the book for this. So the editors have done their job well; its just the material they have had to work with is such poor versification and drivel. I am not totally unaware of the virtues of this school - and I do like some of them. For instance I enjoy Keats greatly; to a slightly lesser extent Blake; and to a half way point most of the works in this book. However, they seem to have spilled a lot of ink for very little reward. Its more an ideological problem I have with them. Its not their politics, which were sweet; its more their self-confidence that anyone would actually like to share their subjective Weltanschauung!
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