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  •  The English Romantic Poets were such a wonderful (3+ / 0-)
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    movement in art. This book was the major text in a college course which hooked me deeper into literature, at a time when I was hopping from major to major. The movement is like a huge fractal: the closer you look at it, the more beautiful and intricate it becomes.

    You've got your six gods of the pantheon: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley & Keats. They share an underlying sensibility and worldview - and yet, each of them is so distinct in their taste and talents from the others. Blake is simply on fire with visions of eternity beyond and truth on earth, Wordsworth with a simplicity that opens into grandeur, Coleridge with his weird and ghostly visions, Byron with his galloping rhythms and with, Shelley exploring in all directions, and Keats with his crystal empathy and perfectly realized expression. Oh, I just have to reread them all, and read them deeper. Perhaps I need a desert island, with nothing but coconuts, pineapples, fish and years to read in.

    Perkins' anthology goes deeper, checking the second and third tier of Romantics; also the letters and essays. But poetry is very fine, for rereading, for finding a music to make you feel less alone.

    Eliot's a great favorite of mine, and Donne and Milton certainly find flavors no one else can paint. I've been to the Lake District in April. Oh, to be in England. Or on a desert island. Another fecund diary, cfk. Thanks.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:27:55 AM PST

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