Romanticism (The New Critical Idiom) by Aidan Day

By Aidan Day

Aidan Day considers the background and utilization of the time period Romanticism, and the altering perspectives and debates which encompass it. He lines its heritage via 19th and twentieth-century readings, incorporating modern debates resembling feminism, post-structuralism and new historicism. Day areas the normal canon within the wider context in their modern political and philosophical thinkers. quite a number writers, either canonical and non-canonical, are incorporated in his survey, including:
* William Blake
* William Wordsworth
* Samuel Taylor Coleridge
* John Keats
* Shelley
* Edmund Blake
* Thomas Paine
* Mary Wollstonecraft
* Jane Austen
* Charlotte Smith
* Anna Laetitia Barbauld
Romanticism takes a transparent, wide-ranging view of the topic and is key interpreting for college kids new to the topic.

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White as an angel is the English child . . My mother taught me underneath a tree . . Look on the rising sun: there God does live And gives his light, and gives his heat away . . And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love, ENLIGHTENMENT OR ROMANTIC? And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove. For when our souls have learn’d the heat to bear The cloud will vanish we shall hear his voice . . thus I say to little English boy.

The Sun has left his blackness, & has found a fresher morning And the fair Moon rejoices in the clear & cloudless night; For Empire is no more, and now the Lion & Wolf shall cease. (6. 1–15; Erdman and Bloom 1970: 52) This kind of apocalyptic rhetoric is typical of the large hopes encouraged in some British minds in the first place by the American Revolution but most importantly by the French Revolution. ENLIGHTENMENT OR ROMANTIC? The hope of freedom from literal empire was only one aspect of Blake’s radical thought.

Merciful God! can it be thy will that mankind should thus tear each other to pieces. . Can it be thy dispensation that kings are entrusted with power only to deform thy works. (Smith 1987: 337–38) Charlotte Smith pursues this criticism of the nature of British power throughout her novel. Mrs Rayland, ‘the only survivor of the three coheiresses of Sir Hildebrand Rayland’ (Smith 1987: 3), with all her scorn for those without titles and money, is seen as the survivor of an antiquated and vicious social system.

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