By Duncan Wu
Brimming with the attention-grabbing eccentricities of a posh andconfusing circulation whose impacts proceed to resonate deeply,30 nice Myths concerning the Romantics provides nice readability towhat we all know or imagine we all know approximately one ofthe most crucial sessions in literary heritage. * Explores a few of the misconceptions typically linked withRomanticism, providing provocative insights that right and clarifyseveral of the commonly-held myths in regards to the key figures of thisera * Corrects many of the biases and ideology in regards to the Romanticsthat have crept into the 21st-century zeitgeist for examplethat they have been a host of drug-addled atheists who believed in freelove; that Blake used to be a madman; and that Wordsworth slept with hissister * Celebrates numerous of the mythic items, characters, and ideasthat have handed down from the Romantics into modern tradition from Blake s Jerusalem and Keats sOde on a Grecian Urn to the literary style of thevampire * Engagingly written to supply readers with a enjoyable but scholarlyintroduction to Romanticism and key writers of the interval, applyingthe most modern scholarship to the sequence of myths thatcontinue to form our appreciation in their paintings
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123. Nicholas Roe explains the context of Keats’s lines in John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), pp. 182–7; see also Richardson, ‘Keats and Romantic Science’. For a slightly different approach to Keats’s view of Newton, see Julia L. Epstein and Mark L.
A cursory inspection of the evidence suggests the yawning insufficiency of such assumptions. Were it true, it would make no sense for scientists and artists to have been one and the same: in Germany, Goethe conducted experiments with optics, while Hegel classified forms of scientific endeavour; Friedrich Schelling postulated a Naturphilosophie that would inspire Hans Christian Oersted’s work on electromagnetism and J. W. 3 As a young man, Shelley was deeply influenced by Dr James Lind, who inspired his life-long fascination with science, which led him to conduct electrical experiments with batteries4 and distribute revolutionary pamphlets by means of a ‘fire balloon’;5 Keats trained as apothecary-surgeon and then physician under Astley Cooper, passing the Licentiate’s examination in 1816, an experience that influenced his poetry;6 Blake attended anatomy lectures given by William Hunter, and knew his brother, the 30 Great Myths About the Romantics, First Edition.
He is absent from the ninth edition of the Norton (2012) which does, however, contain Letitia Landon, Horace Walpole, and Maria Edgeworth. As if that were not enough, there is the added complication of how the Romantics perceived themselves. Was Byron a Romantic? He didn’t think so. In fact, he thought most poets after Pope, with the possible exceptions of George Crabbe and Samuel Rogers, a deviation from the true path – of Augustanism (see p. 34). That sort of opinion is put down to lordly eccentricity, but that this is Byron rather than Thomas Warton the younger should give us pause.
30 Great Myths about the Romantics by Duncan Wu