By J. Thompson
Drawing on newly-discovered manuscripts, this assortment is the 1st sleek variation of poetry by way of John Thelwall, the famed radical Romantic and champion of the operating category. 8 key essays and a hundred twenty five fully-annotated poems introduce his paintings in correspondence with ancient traditions and present severe paradigms.
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It sheds around a cheering light Bright as Aurora shining,— The rear of darkness put to flight, When Zephyrs with the Loves unite The wreaths of Flora twining. The snows of age they are not cold, The wintry hour not glooming, Nor is the pulse of joy controll’d, Where sympathies of mind unfold In beauty’s bosom blooming. 20 JOH N TH E LWA L L 34 THE W INTERY OA K Comp. c 1792; Rev. c 1805 Pub. 55 Pastoral meets politics in this ode, which plays variations upon the cycle of the seasons and the metaphor of the patriot oak so often exploited in Thelwall’s political lectures.
Then, tho the bashful flower refuse Its name to deck the cordial theme; The image, sacred to the Muse. Shall gild the Poet’s future dream. 40 And if, perchance, some kindred flower, In southern groves, I chance to spy, I’ll think of Roslin’s rural bower, And call the floweret Hannah’s eye. THE WATER L ILY Written in the neighborhood of Windermere. June 1804. Comp. 1804 Pub. 267 As o’er the western moor I stray’d, A beauteous floweret caught my view, Whose half-unfolded leaves display’d The virgin snow’s unsullied hue.
THE N OSEGAY Comp. 1786, Rev. c 1805 Pub. Various Subjects 1787; Derby MS 1. 271 Quoted prominently in The Peripatetic and revised for the Derby MS (the version followed here), this sequence of flower poems demonstrates not only the moral but the dialogic and Darwinian nature of Thelwall’s pastoral, showcasing voice, and female voice in particular, as it dramatizes a range of outspoken, independent personalities and positions, and a skillfully modulated variety of lyric forms, in a debate upon manners, love, and sexuality that features also in his 1787 “A Speech in Rhyme,” and continues through his oeuvre.
John Thelwall: Selected Poetry and Poetics by J. Thompson