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The Rebellion of the Romantic Poets

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Diana Figueroa

on 2 April 2014

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Romantic poets emphasized on imagination.
They deciphered the causes of life experiences through dreams and thoughts.
Their imaginative fascination and aesthetic appreciation for beauty and nature became a key characteristic for romantic poetry.
The Rebellion of the Romantic Poets

Augustan vs. Romantic
Augustan poets:
thought poetry ought to be based on wit and classical values.
Augustan poetry:
has an intricate composition with specific elements such as meter and rhyme.
Its language is considered elevated and complex
contained literary spats and insisted on refining existing values.
Romantic poets:
were not publicly formal.
they believed imagination surpassed reason when it came to poetry and wrote for the soul of the common man.
Romantic poetry:
has private and spontaneous lyrics
focused on originality and sentimentalism
Not at all related with conventional romanticism, it was based on the admiration of nature and human life as a part of said nature.
To a certain point, romantic poetry is considered highly philosophical.
W. Wordsworth vs. W. Blake
"...spiritual love acts not nor can exist
Without imagination, which, in truth,
Is but another name for absolute power
And clearest insight, amplitude of mind,
And Reason in her most exalted mood."
-from Wordsworth's
The Prelude
p. 713
"I will not Reason and Compare.
My business is to create."
-William Blake
p. 715
Both romantic poets wish to express the futility of reason when imagination, a higher revelation, can be used. For Romantic poets, imagination is the maximum representative of human expression, thus reason is but a feeble attempt to comprehend what should not be endeavored to be understood, merely acknowledged as a vessel for the creation of ideas.
The Prelude
The Prelude
by William Wordsworth
extremely personal work
begun at 1789, at the age of 28
Wordsworth deemed it "the poem on the growth of my own mind"

The work is a poetic reflection on Wordsworth's own sense of his poetic vocation .
The Prelude is considered by some to be Wordsworth's greatest masterpiece, since it embodies the spirit of Romanticism so well.
Poets nowadays
By some, poets can be seen as,
philosophers searching for a higher revelation through the exploration of feelings and human experience.
"Write drunk, edit sober."
-Ernest Hemingway
"I'm a poet, and a poet feeds off life."
-Dylan Thomas
"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."
-Sylvia Plath
"Everything imaginable is real."
-Pablo Neruda
"She was writing for everybody, for nobody, for our age, for her own..."
-Virginia Woolf
“Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn’t have you by the throat
- Charles Bukowski
Romantic poet's emphasis
on human experience
Contemporary Poets
Richard Blanco
Gretel Ehrlich
Alain de Botton
EJ Koh
Thomas Sayers Ellis
Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems
The Handsomest Fingers in the World
On Love
Arctic Heart
Outside literary circles lies a cynical view of poets, where they are considered a group of:
self-involved, alcoholic and suicidal egoists
romanticize self-destruction
analyze political and social problems
fantasize impossible scenarios
"Sleep is good, death is better; but of course, the best thing would to have never been born at all."
-Heinrich Heine

"Fear not for the future, weep not for the past."
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Are not the mountains, waves and skies, a part of me and of my soul, as I of them."
-Lord Byron
Introduction – Childhood and School-Time
School-Time (Continued)
Residence at Cambridge
Summer Vacation
Cambridge and the Alps
Residence in London
Retrospect – Love of Nature Leading to Love of Man
Residence in France
Residence in France (Continued)
Residence in France (Concluded)
Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored
Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored (Concluded)
Diana Figueroa Carraquillo
AP English
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