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Copy of What the Enlightenment meant for Literature

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Colleen Davis

on 25 June 2013

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'Just a boring period of shoddy literature interspersed with several great texts which did not follow enlightenment values until something much more interesting like the Romantic Movement could again start producing things worth reading?' Conor Wilcox-Mahon
Enlightenment Greats
The Novel
'Anything too
stupid to be said is sung'

'God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh'

'The art of medicine consists in
amusing the patient while nature
cures the disease'
“But, he says again, if God much strong, much might as the Devil, why God no kill the Devil, so make him no more do wicked?
I was strangely surprised at his question, [...] And at first I could not tell what to say, so I pretended not to hear him...”
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
The proper study of Mankind is Man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A Being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast;
In doubt his mind or body to prefer;
Spot the Enlightenment!
It’s everywhere.
I turn my eyes to the Schools &
Universities of Europe
And there behold the Loom of Locke
whose Woof rages dire
Washd by the Water-wheels of Newton.
black the cloth
In heavy wreathes folds over every Nation;
cruel Works
Of many Wheels I view, wheel without
wheel, with cogs tyrannic
Moving by compulsion each other: not as
those in Eden: which
Wheel within Wheel in freedom revolve in
harmony & peace.

How The Enlightenment
'Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I
Except you enthral me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.'
John Donne
“Love is the fart Of every heart:
It pains a man when 'tis kept close,
And others doth offend, when 'tis let loose. ”
Sir John Suckling
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