English 1022E Lecture Notes - Cogito Ergo Sum, Gothic Revival Architecture, Immanuel Kant
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english lecture (wordsworth and keats) november 16, 2010
Wordsworth “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge…”
Keats “When I have fears…”
-Picture of Neoclassical Building and Neo-gothic Building
Cogito Ergo Sum (Rene Descartes, Cartesranism)
Kantian Revolution (Immanuel Kant)
Picture, but described:
Reason Will - King, Aristocracy
Passions/Appetites - Commoners
-The most important of human faculties was reason “Cogito Ergo Sum” = I think rationally,
therefore I am.
-Neoclassical architecture is based on balance and symmetry. Washington D.C; all the official
buildings are in the neoclassical style.
-p.1156 subsection one
-you can see how ordered Pope is just how he sets everything out.
-everything that looks chaotic in the world is all a design that’s put in place by God.
Everything is unfolding as it should.
-Noise is harmony that you can’t understand.
-Pope says ‘leave the status quo as it is’ don’t change anything, it’s perfect just the way
it is. Rational form with rational philosophy
-BUT what about capacity for innovation, imagination, adventure? Where’s the room to
be an individual?
-Romanticism emerges, shown in architecture (University College, not symmetrical at all)
-Huge shift politically from the idea of the King having divine right to the ideal of the American
Revolution 1776 - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Then The French Revolution -
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.
-This is the time when Keats and Wordsworth were writing
-Kantian Revolution = the world is what we make of it, consistent with the Enlightenment.
-democratizing the imagination
-with capacity of imagination, everyone can replicate the act of Creation in their own way
of living. A shift away from reason
-No longer is Reason the faculty of control, it’s Imagination.
-Implications of this in Poetry
-Poetry isn’t premeditated or rational activity. It’s based in spontaneity and feelings
rather than reason.
English lecture (wordsworth and keats) november 16, 2010. Picture of neoclassical building and neo-gothic building. The most important of human faculties was reason cogito ergo sum = i think rationally, therefore i am. Neoclassical architecture is based on balance and symmetry. Washington d. c; all the official buildings are in the neoclassical style. You can see how ordered pope is just how he sets everything out. Everything that looks chaotic in the world is all a design that"s put in place by god. Noise is harmony that you can"t understand. Pope says leave the status quo as it is" don"t change anything, it"s perfect just the way it is. Romanticism emerges, shown in architecture (university college, not symmetrical at all) Huge shift politically from the idea of the king having divine right to the ideal of the american. Revolution 1776 - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is the time when keats and wordsworth were writing.