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British Romantic Poetry
Transcript of British Romantic Poetry
Romantic poetry is often set in the distant past or unknown places.
Romantic poets were interested in unusual modes of experience, including childlike states of consciousness, mesmerism, and hypnotism.
Coleridge explore the heightened consciousness and distorted perceptions that resulted from his addiction to opium.
Keats wrote about the ambivalence of human nature and its peculiar longing for death. Poems were derived not from the external world, but from the inner feelings of individual poets.
Lyric poems became a popular form because they were written in first person to express the poet's own feelings.
Poets saw themselves as prophets of the new poetry, destined to lead the rest of humanity to redemption.
Poets wrote about interior journeys in the quest for finding their true identity and a spiritual home. Romantics saw all poetry as the spontaneous overflowing of powerful emotions, rather than writers in the 18th century who believed poetry should imitate life.
They believed the act of writing poetry must be spontaneous and arise from impulse.
John Keats argued that if poetry doesn't come naturally, it isn't really poetry.
coleridge introduced the metaphor of the poem as a plant that grows from the seeds of imagination in the poet's mind.
Meditative nature poems don't describe nature for its own sake, but to raise an emotional problem or personal crisis through nature.
Natural objects correspond to an inner, spiritual world.
Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Blake used symbolism in which a natural object such as a rose or sunflower, would represent some emotional symbol. Poetry covered incidents and situation from common life.
It included language spoken by real people.
The poet's aim was to present ordinary things in unusual ways - to make readers notice the spiritual in the everyday. The supernatural and strangeness in beauty British Romantic Poetry