Book: Effigies Poeticae

"Effigies Poeticae" is a collection of biographical sketches and poetic tributes, published in 1824, by the English poet and author, Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter). The book profiles the works and lives of prominent English poets, using both initial structures and passages from their works. Cornwall's admiration and respect for these poets appear in his composing and through the selection of their poems he chose to consist of.

The book is divided into four parts, with each part highlighting a particular poet or group of poets. The included poets consist of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, George Gordon Byron, and several others, amongst them some lesser-known poets of the period.

Part I: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The very first part of "Effigies Poeticae" is devoted to the life and works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Cornwall starts this section with a biographical account of Coleridge's life, that includes his experiences with opium addiction, marital relationship, and literary profession. He then delves into the different elements of Coleridge's poetry and his unique ability to blend esoteric and romantic themes.

Cornwall extensively estimates from Coleridge's most well-known poems, such as "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", "Christabel", and "Kubla Khan", and provides his commentary on their significance and appeal. He also includes some of Coleridge's lesser-known poems and even takes the liberty of completing some unfinished pieces in Coleridge's style.

Part II: John Keats
The 2nd part of the book is dedicated to the life and works of John Keats, whom Cornwall holds in high regard. Similar to the Coleridge section, Cornwall first offers a biographical account of Keats's life, stating his reasonably short but considerable literary career and his tragic death from tuberculosis at the age of 25.

In his analysis of Keats's works, Cornwall emphasizes the young poet's unbelievable creativity, sensuality, and mastery of language, as well as his intense love for charm, both in art and nature. Cornwall prices quote extensively from Keats's well-known works, such as "Ode to a Nightingale", "Ode on a Grecian Urn", and "Endymion", and once again, sprinkles his commentary and appreciation for their beauty and depth.

Part III: George Gordon Byron
The third part of "Effigies Poeticae" is dedicated to Lord Byron, the questionable and prominent poet of the Romantic period. Cornwall begins this area with a biographical account of Byron's life, which is filled with scandal, enthusiastic relationships, and his unfortunate death while fighting for Greek self-reliance.

In his assessment of Byron's poetry, Cornwall highlights the poet's wit, powerful feelings, and story abilities. He thoroughly estimates from Byron's famous works, such as "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", "Don Juan", and "Manfred", while likewise consisting of some lesser-known pieces. Cornwall goes over how Byron's poetry challenged the conventional standards of his time, especially in terms of morality and social expectations.

Part IV: Other Poets
The 4th and final part of "Effigies Poeticae" commemorates several other English poets. A few of the featured poets in this area consist of Thomas Moore, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, and Sir Walter Scott. Cornwall uses short biographical accounts of their lives and backgrounds, discusses their significant literary contributions, and quotes from their significant works.

Throughout "Effigies Poeticae", Barry Cornwall demonstrates his deep adoration and regard for the poets he profiles. He skillfully weaves their biographical info, poetic themes, and selected passages from their works to create an unforgettable homage to their genius. For those interested in the Romantic period of English literature and the lives and works of its most prominent poets, "Effigies Poeticae" is an insightful and affectionate guide.
Effigies Poeticae

Effigies Poeticae is a collection of literary portraits, in which Cornwall provides vivid impressions of famous poets, including Shakespeare, Milton, and Dryden.

Author: Barry Cornwall

Barry Cornwall Barry Cornwall, born Bryan Waller Procter. Delve into his early life, literary success, friendships with renowned poets, and quotes.
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