Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature by M.H. AbramsIn this remarkable new book, M. H. Abrams definitively studies the Romantic Age (1789–1835)—the age in which Shelley claimed that the literature of England has arisen as it were from a new birth. Abrams shows that the major poets of the age had in common important themes, modes of expression, and ways of feeling and imagining; that the writings of these poets were an integral part of a comprehensive intellectual tendency which manifested itself in philosophy as well as poetry, in England and in Germany; and that this tendency was causally related to drastic political and social changes of the age.
But Abrams offers more than a work of scholarship, for he ranges before and after, to place the age in Western culture. he reveals what is traditional and what is revolutionary in the period, providing insights into those same two forces in the ideas of today. He shows that central Romantic ideas and forms of imagination were secularized versions of traditional theological concepts, imagery, and design, and that modern literature participates in the same process. Our comprehension of this age and of our own time is deepened by a work astonishing in its learning, vision, and humane understanding.
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Thank you! Romanticism began with Rousseau and ended with American Transcendentalism, it came crashing through the salons of neo-classicism with the cry of revolutionary idealism and sank into respectability with the Boston Brahmins. Professor Abrams fixes the dates at to ; others, more liberally, suggest to No matter: the subject is wide, complex, and variegated, the most important cultural movement of recent history, and Professor Abrams has risen to the challenge with his colors flying. He is much too generous with Wordworth, who was not ""one of the great masters of complex poetic structure,"" but his enthusiasm is attractive, his erudition sublime. A superior study. There was a problem adding your email address.
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