By Duncan Wu
Brimming with the attention-grabbing eccentricities of a fancy andconfusing move whose affects proceed to resonate deeply,30 nice Myths concerning the Romantics provides nice readability towhat we all know or imagine we all know approximately one ofthe most vital classes in literary historical past. * Explores a few of the misconceptions more often than not linked withRomanticism, providing provocative insights that right and clarifyseveral of the commonly-held myths in regards to the key figures of thisera * Corrects a few of the biases and ideology in regards to the Romanticsthat have crept into the 21st-century zeitgeist for examplethat they have been a number of drug-addled atheists who believed in freelove; that Blake used to be a madman; and that Wordsworth slept with hissister * Celebrates numerous of the mythic items, characters, and ideasthat have handed down from the Romantics into modern tradition from Blake s Jerusalem and Keats sOde on a Grecian Urn to the literary style of thevampire * Engagingly written to supply readers with a enjoyable but scholarlyintroduction to Romanticism and key writers of the interval, applyingthe most modern scholarship to the sequence of myths thatcontinue to form our appreciation in their paintings
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2. 11 Wordsworth’s fragmentary draft, given the provisional editorial title ‘Not Useless do I deem’, spells out the defining elements of ‘The Recluse’ as its author Romanticism: a reaction against the Enlightenment 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 15 understood them in spring 1798; see Romanticism: An Anthology, ed. , Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), pp. 453–7. Fitzpatrick, ‘The Enlightenment’, p. 308. Frances Ferguson points out literary affinities of Benthamite Utilitarianism in ‘Representation Restructured’, in The Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, ed.
Wrote Blake in prophetic garb at the tumultuous conclusion of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790) – ‘and now the lion & wolf shall cease’9 (echoing Isaiah’s prophecy of a new heaven and earth in which ‘the wolf and the lamb shall feed together’, Isaiah 65:25). 10 Coleridge’s poem was a precursor of Wordsworth’s millenarian epic, ‘The Recluse’, which would establish a necessitarian system of philosophy whereby love of nature would lead irresistibly to love of mankind. No naked hearts, No naked minds, shall then be left to mourn The burden of existence.
26 His views are consistent with those of Wordsworth in 1798: Sweet is the lore which nature brings; Our meddling intellect Misshapes the beauteous forms of things; – We murder to dissect. (Wordsworth, ‘The Tables Turned’, ll. 25–8) Keats did not know The Two-Part Prelude, addressed to Coleridge, but would have endorsed it if he had: Thou, my Friend, art one More deeply read in thy own thoughts, no slave Of that false secondary power by which In weakness we create distinctions, then Believe our puny boundaries are things Which we perceive and not which we have made.