By Dr. Julie Carr, Jeffrey C. Robinson Ph.D., Dan Beachy-Quick, Jacques Darras, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Judith Goldman, Simon Jarvis, Andrew Joron, Nigel Leask, Jennifer Moxley, Bob Perelman, Jerome Rothenberg, Elizabeth Willis, Heriberto Yépez
Literary background normally locates the first move towards poetic innovation in twentieth-century modernism, an impulse performed opposed to a supposedly enervated “late-Romantic” poetry of the 19th century. the unique essays in Active Romanticism problem this interpretation by means of tracing the elemental continuities among Romanticism’s poetic and political radicalism and the experimental pursuits in poetry from the late-nineteenth-century to the current day.
in line with editors July Carr and Jeffrey C. Robinson, “active romanticism” is a poetic reaction, direct or oblique, to urgent social concerns and an try to redress varieties of ideological repression; at its middle, “active romanticism” champions democratic pluralism and confronts ideologies that suppress the facts of pluralism. “Poetry fetter’d, fetters the human race,” declared poet William Blake before everything of the 19th century. No different assertion from the period of the French Revolution marks with such terseness the problem for poetry to take part within the liberation of human society from different types of inequality and invisibility. No different assertion insists so vividly poetic occasion pushing for social growth calls for the unfettering of conventional, popular poetic shape and language.
Bringing jointly paintings through recognized writers and critics, ranging from scholarly reviews to poets’ testimonials, Active Romanticism shows Romantic poetry to not be the sclerotic corpse opposed to which the avant-garde reacted yet fairly the well-spring from which it flowed.
supplying a primary rethinking of the historical past of contemporary poetry, Carr and Robinson have grouped jointly during this assortment various essays that make certain the lifestyles of Romanticism as an ongoing mode of poetic construction that's leading edge and dynamic, a continuation of the nineteenth-century Romantic culture, and a sort that reacts and renews itself at any given second of perceived social crisis. Cover snapshot: Ruckenfigur through Susan Bee, 2013, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.
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It is within such molten light that certain audacities of Romantic thought might be seen. , generative and apocalyptic) insight: “For poetry was all written before time was, and whenever we are so finely organized that we can penetrate into that region where the air is music, we hear those primal warblings and attempt to write them down, but we lose ever and anon a word or a verse and substitute something of our own, and thus miswrite the poem” (Rothenberg and Robinson 907–8). The initial claim in both quotes is one, as Keats might say, that would “shock the virtuous philosopher” (Letters 195).
Apologies, arguments, commentaries, errata, and notes at the edges of the central text compete for the reader’s attention. 2. Footnote variant in Canto II, Botanic Garden, Part 1: The Economy of Vegetation. Typeset beneath the footnote, the word “Breathe” is an interruption to the notational commentary on “The Swallow” and is visually severed from what precedes and follows it within the central text. A page turn, like a line break, is literally a space to breathe. ” Indeed Darwin’s pages do breathe in the interstices between words and stanzas, and in 1791 they would have been made of previously breathing, plant-based materials.
24 Elizabeth Willis P. 101. l. laft but one, for ifle, read ifles. P. 132. l. laft but 6, for exoitic, read exotic. (viii) The end of the text is similarly complicated, sidetracked, all but evaded. In the last few pages of the poem, where a conventional pastoral might deliver a domesticated shepherdess, Darwin swerves into a further rewriting of mythic and literary figures. Potential threats appear—a leopard, a swan—but, as if undoing Leda’s fate, they are tamed, appearing among the protagonist’s ceremonial parade, guarding her steps, gliding along in lateral relation as its social and erotic sphere opens further.