New PDF release: 30 Great Myths about the Romantics

By Duncan Wu

ISBN-10: 1118843266

ISBN-13: 9781118843260

Brimming with the interesting eccentricities of a posh andconfusing move whose affects proceed to resonate deeply,30 nice Myths in regards to the Romantics provides nice readability towhat we all know or imagine we all know approximately one ofthe most crucial sessions in literary historical past. * Explores many of the misconceptions more often than not linked withRomanticism, delivering provocative insights that right and clarifyseveral of the commonly-held myths in regards to the key figures of thisera * Corrects the various biases and ideology in regards to the Romanticsthat have crept into the 21st-century zeitgeist for examplethat they have been a number of drug-addled atheists who believed in freelove; that Blake was once a madman; and that Wordsworth slept with hissister * Celebrates numerous of the mythic items, characters, and ideasthat have handed down from the Romantics into modern tradition from Blake s Jerusalem and Keats sOde on a Grecian Urn to the literary style of thevampire * Engagingly written to supply readers with a enjoyable but scholarlyintroduction to Romanticism and key writers of the interval, applyingthe newest scholarship to the sequence of myths thatcontinue to form our appreciation in their paintings

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217. The Collected Letters of Erasmus Darwin, ed. Desmond King-Hele (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), p. x. For more on The Temple of Nature, see Desmond King-Hele, Doctor of Revolution: The Life and Genius of Erasmus Darwin (London: Faber & Faber, 1977), ch. 13. For a cogent account of Jenner’s work, see Fulford, Lee, and Kitson, Literature, Science and Exploration, ch. 9. See also Emily Lorraine de Montluzin, Daily Life in Georgian England as Reported in The Gentleman’s Magazine (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002), pp.

3–11, 8. 22 Bernbaum includes that old warhorse ‘The Battle of Blenheim’, along with ‘The Holly Tree’, ‘On the Speech of Robert Emmet’, ‘My Days among the Dead are Passed’, ‘The Death of John Wesley’, and extracts from Southey’s History of the Peninsular War, Life of Nelson, and The Doctor. 23 Roger Scruton, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Culture (South Bend, IN: St Augustine’s Press, 2000), p. 49. 24 ‘Introduction’, in The Portable Romantic Poets, ed. W. H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson (1950; New York: Penguin Books, 1977), pp.

Stuart Curran (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), pp. 25–47, 46–7. Myth 3 THE ROMANTICS HATED THE SCIENCES The myth is ensnarled in anachronism: the modern meaning of the word ‘science’ had limited currency in the Romantic period, when its usual point of reference was systems of knowledge not limited to disciplines concerning the physical universe and its laws (see OED definitions 5(a) and (b)). Yet the myth continues to acquire credibility, so wedded to mysticism, the irrational, and everything opposed to scientific enquiry do we suppose the Romantics to have been.

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