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The Lake Poets and Professional Identity


In this 2007 work, Goldberg argues that Wordsworth, Southey and Coleridge - the ‘Lake school’ - aligned themselves with emerging constructions of the ‘professional gentleman’ that challenged the vocational practices of late eighteenth-century British culture.




Introduction: professionalism and the Lake School of Poetry

Part 1. Romanticism, Risk, and Professionalism:

1. Cursing Doctor Young, and after

Part II. Genealogies of the Romantic Wanderer:

2. Merit and reward in 1729

3. James Beattie and The Minstrel

Part III. Romantic Itinerants:

4. Authority and the itinerant cleric

5. William Cowper and the itinerant Lake poet

Part IV. The Lake School, Professionalism, and the Public:

6. Robert Southey and the claims of literature

7. 'Ministry more palpable': Wordsworth's Romantic professionalism

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