Dionysios Solomons and the English Romantics

solomosDionysios Solomons and the English Romantics
Marios Byron Raizis,
Professor Emeritus, the University of Athens.

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Solomos was born in 1798, the year when Wordsworth and Coleridge published their first edition of Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Poems —the small book which was destined to become a “manifesto of romanticism”, after its 1802 (third) edition with its celebrated “Preface”.
During my talk today I shall limit myself to basic observations about similarities and analogies between Solomos’s poetry and poetics, on the one hand, and the main English romantic poets, on the other. These, certainly, are William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), George Gordon Noel – Lord Byron (1788-1824), Percy ByssheShelley (1792-1822), and John Keats (1795-1821).