Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in by Julie Carr,Jeffrey C. Robinson,Dan Beachy-Quick,Jacques

By Julie Carr,Jeffrey C. Robinson,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 heritage ordinarily 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 by way 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.

 

According to editors July Carr and Jeffrey C. Robinson, “active romanticism” is a poetic reaction, direct or oblique, to urgent social concerns and an try and 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 first and foremost 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 development calls for the unfettering of conventional, usual poetic shape and language.

 

Bringing jointly paintings by way of famous writers and critics, starting from scholarly reports to poets’ testimonials, Active Romanticism indicates Romantic poetry to not be the sclerotic corpse opposed to which the avant-garde reacted yet relatively the well-spring from which it flowed.

 

Offering a basic rethinking of the background of contemporary poetry, Carr and Robinson have grouped jointly during this assortment a number of essays that ascertain the life of Romanticism as an ongoing mode of poetic construction that's cutting edge and dynamic, a continuation of the nineteenth-century Romantic culture, and a kind that reacts and renews itself at any given second of perceived social crisis. Cover snapshot: Ruckenfigur by way of 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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