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By Duncan Wu

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Brimming with the interesting eccentricities of a posh andconfusing circulate whose impacts proceed to resonate deeply,30 nice Myths concerning the Romantics provides nice readability towhat we all know or imagine we all know approximately one ofthe most vital classes in literary background. * Explores a few of the misconceptions ordinarily linked withRomanticism, delivering provocative insights that right and clarifyseveral of the commonly-held myths in regards to the key figures of thisera * Corrects many of the biases and ideology in regards to the Romanticsthat have crept into the 21st-century zeitgeist for examplethat they have been a host of drug-addled atheists who believed in freelove; that Blake used to be 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 most modern scholarship to the sequence of myths thatcontinue to form our appreciation in their paintings

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It remains the ideal for which utopians and revolutionaries pine. 5 To many it would seem he had, almost single-handedly, engineered the collapse of the ancien régime. But that was as spurious as to argue the Romantics precipitated the end of the Enlightenment. It would make more sense to ask whether the Enlightenment ever really ended. 6 All the same, the French Revolution did spell the end of something other than the royal family and their hangers-on. As Dorinda Outram notes, it was the first such event to have ‘created something completely new, a break in the passage of history, and a “new order”.

This passage is helpfully discussed by M. H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition (New York: Oxford University Press, 1953), p. 96, and more recently by Fiona Stafford, ‘Hugh Blair’s Ossian, Romanticism and the Teaching of Literature’, in The Scottish Invention of English Literature, ed. Robert Crawford (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), p. 77. William Wordsworth, ‘Note to “The Thorn”’, in Romanticism: An Anthology, ed. Wu, p. 519. Romanticism: An Anthology, ed.

Fullmer, Sir Humphry Davy’s Published Works (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1969), pp. 29–30, and Neil Vickers, Coleridge and the Doctors (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004), pp. 50–1. One recent scholarly study puts it: ‘If scientific thought was a kind of realization of poetry, poetry could be an exaltation of science’. See Tim Fulford, Debbie Lee, and Peter J. Kitson, Literature, Science and Exploration in the Romantic Era: Bodies of Knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), p.

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