Of heaven and its mysteries. Thus ye live on high, and then On the earth ye live again; And the souls ye left behind you Teach us, here, the way to find you, Where your other souls are joying, Never slumber'd, never cloying.
Romantics dealt with loss in a variety of different and interesting ways, the chief of which was poetry. Dissatisfied with their way of living, therefore, most artists turned to their talent to try and bring some form of change to their country.
Furthermore, there was an emphasis on the importance of the individual, a movement that was novel at the time, because so much of literature had, up until that point, focused on the broader and more general themes of religion, love, loss, grief, the imperceptible movements of the heavens and how they affected human kind.
This is not to say that there was never a focus on the individual! It was just rare to find things of that nature, but the Romantics eschewed the idea of collectivism, much like they eschewed the ideas of religion, war, the exploitation of the poor, the expression of personal feelings.
There was, of course, another reason why Romantic poets of both the first and second generation chose to write their works in the way that they wrote them: Many Romantics actually supported and wrote in favour of the French Revolution, until following the Reign of Terror done by the Jacobins and the more extremist Girondins, after which they gradually grew disaffected with the French Revolution Wordsworth was one of these poets, however others still clung to the ideals of the French Revolution.
In the poem A Complaint, the first and primary emotion is loss — loss of ideals, loss of friendship, loss of love. It is also worth noting that Wordsworth, in particular, attempted to make poetry accessible to everyone; he saw the poets that had come before him as elitist and high-brow, whose language and subject matter were unavailable for ordinary people to understand, and thus he wanted to be a different sort of poet; he wanted to make poetry accessible to everyone who had read it.
If it be affirmed that rhyme and metrical arrangement of themselves constitute a distinction which overturns what has just been said on the strict affinity of metrical language with that of prose, and paves the way for other artificial distinctions which the mind voluntarily admits, I answer that the language of such Poetry as is here recommended is, as far as is possible, a selection of the language really spoken by men; that this selection, wherever it is made with true taste and feeling, will of itself form a distinction far greater than would at first be imagined, and will entirely separate the composition from the vulgarity and meanness of ordinary life; and, if metre be super added thereto, I believe that a dissimilitude will be produced altogether sufficient for the gratification of a rational mind.
What other distinction would we have? Whence is it to come? Not, surely, where the Poet speaks through the mouths of his characters: For an opening line, it is a dark, sombre message of the grief that is yet to come — it sets the tone for the rest of the poem, and opens up the idea of this loss as being something personally shaking.
This tells us that, whatever happened between the two of them, it was shocking to the poet, and that it probably happened quite recently; whatever it was, the poet took it quite strongly to heart.
Historians generally agree that the friend that Wordsworth was writing about was probably Coleridge, who had gone to reside in Malta; he had hoped that his long absence in a sunny state would cure Coleridge of his addiction to drugs, and to restoring his health, which had suffered partly because of his addiction to drugs.
However, this hope was unfounded, as Coleridge and Wordsworth met after a three year absence to find that Coleridge had worsened, rather than bettered. Therefore, fountains were linked to the livelihood of the people who used them.
It gave them access to water. What happy moments did I count! Blest was I then all bliss above! Now, for that consecrated fount Of murmuring, sparkling, living love, What have I? A comfortless and hidden well. The selfishness inherent could be a by-product of the themes of the Romantic era; though it was dressed up as the rights of the individual, really what it means is that the emotions of the artist writing are placed at the forefront, and the resultant effects of that fallout are not practiced.
Notice the dullness in the second set of lines. Shall I dare to tell? A well of love—it may be deep— I trust it is,—and never dry: This could be written about both filial and romantic love, as there is no specification made to who it is written for, though, as stated above, historians generally pin the friend as Coleridge, after he met him again after some three years of absence.
Historical Background William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are considered to be the pioneers of the English Romantic period, and their publication, Lyrical Ballads, is perhaps one of the most in depth examples of the first generation of Romantic poetry.Courses in English.
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Introduction In our discussion of the Ancient Wisdom on our homepage, we say that it is to be found everywhere, in plain sight of all. One source is the works of the truly great poets, such as Dante, Milton, Shelley and Shakespeare. A pastoral lifestyle (see pastoralism) is that of shepherds herding livestock around open areas of land according to seasons and the changing availability of water and pasture.
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