Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Poetic Practice (Modern & Contemporary Poetics)

Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Poetic Practice (Modern & Contemporary Poetics)


Literary background mostly locates the first flow towards poetic innovation in twentieth-century modernism, an impulse conducted opposed to a supposedly enervated “late-Romantic” poetry of the 19th century. the unique essays in Active Romanticism problem this interpretation via tracing the basic continuities among Romanticism’s poetic and political radicalism and the experimental routine in poetry from the late-nineteenth-century to the current day.
 
in response to 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 different types of ideological repression; at its center, “active romanticism” champions democratic pluralism and confronts ideologies that suppress the proof of pluralism. “Poetry fetter’d, fetters the human race,” declared poet William Blake initially 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 kinds of inequality and invisibility. No different assertion insists so vividly poetic occasion pushing for social growth calls for the unfettering of conventional, common poetic shape and language.
 
Bringing jointly paintings through recognized writers and critics, ranging from scholarly experiences to poets’ testimonials, Active Romanticism shows Romantic poetry to not be the sclerotic corpse opposed to which the avant-garde reacted yet really the well-spring from which it flowed.
 
delivering a primary rethinking of the historical past of contemporary poetry, Carr and Robinson have grouped jointly during this assortment a number of essays that be certain the life 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 photograph: Ruckenfigur via Susan Bee, 2013, oil on linen, 24 x 30 in.

 
Contributors: Dan Beachy-Quick / Julie Carr / Jacques Darras / Rachel Blau DuPlessis / Judith Goldman / Simon Jarvis / Andrew Joron / Nigel Leask / Jennifer Moxley / Bob Perelman / Jeffrey C. Robinson / Jerome Rothenberg / Elizabeth Willis / and Heriberto Yépez

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