By Duncan Wu
Brimming with the interesting eccentricities of a posh andconfusing circulate whose impacts proceed to resonate deeply,30 nice Myths in regards to the Romantics provides nice readability towhat we all know or imagine we all know approximately one ofthe most crucial classes in literary background. * Explores a few of the misconceptions normally linked withRomanticism, delivering provocative insights that right and clarifyseveral of the commonly-held myths concerning the key figures of thisera * Corrects a number of the biases and ideology concerning the Romanticsthat have crept into the 21st-century zeitgeist for examplethat they have been a host of drug-addled atheists who believed in freelove; that Blake used to be a madman; and that Wordsworth slept with hissister * Celebrates a number of of the mythic gadgets, 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 latest scholarship to the sequence of myths thatcontinue to form our appreciation in their paintings
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James Chandler (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 598–600. For Coleridge’s views on Franklin, Lavoisier, and Priestley, see Ian Wylie, Young Coleridge and the Philosophers of Nature (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989). Jane Stabler helpfully compares Coleridge’s understanding of Priestley with that of Barbauld in ‘Space for Speculation: Coleridge, Barbauld, and the Poetics of Priestley’, in Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Sciences of Life, ed. Nicholas Roe (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001), pp.
10 Jon Mee, Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), pp. 38–40. See also Morton D. Paley, Apocalypse and Millennium in English Romantic Poetry (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999), ch. 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.
What is the Life of Man but Art & Science? 38 Blake’s mission had nothing to do with hatred of science; his energies were invested in the need to preserve its union with the arts so that, when combined, they could generate wisdom. 40 Those who say this proves he detested them are mistaken; he praised them alongside the greatest poets in the language: The innumerable Chariots of the Almighty appeard in Heaven And Bacon & Newton & Locke. & Milton & Shakspear & Chaucer41 Blake was capable of demonizing this unholy trinity: they become a nightmarish monster in Jerusalem, the ‘Three Forms, named Bacon & Newton & Locke’42 – but not because he rejected the Enlightenment or science.
30 Great Myths about the Romantics by Duncan Wu