Active romanticism: the radical impulse in nineteenth-century and contemporary poetic practice
According to editors July Carr and Jeffrey C. Robinson, “active romanticism” is a poetic response, direct or indirect, to pressing social issues and an attempt to redress forms of ideological repression; at its core, “active romanticism” champions democratic pluralism and confronts ideologies that suppress the evidence of pluralism. “Poetry fetter’d, fetters the human race,” declared poet William Blake at the beginning of the nineteenth century. No other statement from the era of the French Revolution marks with such terseness the challenge for poetry to participate in the liberation of human society from forms of inequality and invisibility. No other statement insists so vividly that a poetic event pushing for social progress demands the unfettering of traditional, customary poetic form and language.
The University Alabama Press
Poetry, Modern -- History and criticism; Romanticism -- Influence; Poetics
English Language and Literature | History
Carr, Julie, and Jeffrey C. Robinson. Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Poetic Practice. The University Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2015.