Document Type

Honors Project

Publication Date

Spring 6-9-2012


A study of the Romantic poet William Lisle Bowles. I challenge the modern critical perception of Bowles in order to argue that his place in the study of Romanticism has been drastically understated. It is my assertion that by reading Bowles thoroughly, paying specific attention to his influence on the beginnings of Romanticism, to his particular influence on Coleridge and to the critical advancements represented by the amalgamation of his actual poetry with his later critical reflections, affords us not only an understanding of Bowles’s active role in the development of Romanticism as it has traditionally been understood, but also significantly alters our understanding of Coleridge, and of Romanticism and to a degree, literary theory as a whole.

Level of Honors

magna cum laude




Timothy Spurgin