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Romantic Poetry— Blake and Coleridge. World Literature 2 Fall 2005 Dr. Whipple. What do we mean by “Romantic?”. Not mushy Not (always) about love ABOUT nature ABOUT experience ABOUT deep feelings (about things) AGAINST modernism, mass technology, soullessness

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romantic poetry blake and coleridge

Romantic Poetry—Blake and Coleridge

World Literature 2

Fall 2005

Dr. Whipple

what do we mean by romantic
What do we mean by “Romantic?”
  • Not mushy
  • Not (always) about love
  • ABOUT nature
  • ABOUT experience
  • ABOUT deep feelings (about things)
  • AGAINST modernism, mass technology, soullessness
  • AGAINST rationalistic takeover
  • NONCONFORMIST—in poetry, social and sexual relations, in spirituality, in politics

(When we mention poetry to people, this is often the kind of poetry they think of…)

romanticism the enlightenment
Romanticism & the Enlightenment
  • Revolt against aristocratic social and political institutions—not unlike Enlightenment
  • Fulfillment of promise of Enlightenment
  • Romantic musical movement (Beethoven, for example)
  • Throwing off Classical models, more direct, simple, style derived from folk speech
  • Utopian social thought—French Revolution
  • But…
romanticism in art
Romanticism in Art
  • Temeraire (Turner)
  • Salisbury Cathedral (Constable)
  • Folk speech—plebeian poets
  • National languages
  • Celebration of folklore, cultural identity
  • Geography as determiner of national identity
  • J. G. Fichte: “Those who speak the same language are joined to each other by a multitude of invisible bonds by nature herself…”
  • National movements in Greece, Belgium, Italy, Americas (N and S), Germany between 1776-1870
  • Reaction, in part, to and against the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution (Blake’s “…dark satanic mills”)
  • Nobility of nature (idea of noble savage)
    • Industrial revolution represented progress to some, bad things to others
  • The world is changing
  • Concept of idyll
freedom a la the romantic poets
Freedom (a la the Romantic poets)
  • Freedom of spirit
  • Freedom of conscience
  • Freedom of action
  • Freedom from conventional artistic aesthetic
  • Freedom from social restraints
  • The suffering of the Artist for the Art
  • apotheosis
  • Poetic experience as ultimate culmination
  • Imagination as ultimate authority
major poets major poems
Major poets, major poems
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge (“Kubla Kahn”, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”)
  • William Blake (“The Tyger”, “Jerusalem”)
william blake 1757 1827
William Blake (1757-1827)
  • The first “multimedia” poet; revered for his poetry and his art
  • Wrote, illustrated, engraved, and printed his own books—total control over the experience of reading his work
  • Elements (ha!) of mysticism in his art and poetry; claims to have had visions from childhood.
  • Elemental themes—redemption, renewal, the new Jerusalem, God, God in nature
  • Imagination over the materialism and rationalism of the 18th century
blake and the mind
Blake and the mind…
  • This is your brain…
blake links
Blake Links
  • Blake’s “Jerusalem” in a modern context (BBC)
  • William Blake Archive
  • “Jerusalem” RealAudio file (and other quintessentially English tunes…)
  • “Garden of Love” mp3 file
  • Picture of the Tyger (Blake)
  • Website of “Tyger studies”
coleridge 1772 1838
Coleridge (1772-1838)
  • Yes, he did drugs. Specifically, opium.
    • DeQuincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
  • Kubla Khan—allegedly written in a drug trance, broken when a friend interrupted him—poem is unfinished
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
coleridge links
Coleridge Links
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner (read aloud)
  • Kubla Kahn (read aloud)