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York University
EN 1006
EN 1100 B Feb. 19, 2009
Romanticism a Recap
A return to nature
A new sympathy with humanity
An interest in the particular
The East
Irrational experiences (dreams, drugs)
Intense experiences of a sublime nature
A spiritual power is thought to inhabit nature
Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality form Recollection of
Early Childhood”
Retrospective look on life
Muses over loss of “the glory and the dream” as an adult
Reflects on the process of growing up
Some recollections of earlier state of the soul survives trauma of
Speaker grows determined to find spiritual strength in what
“remains behind”
oStage of childhood;
Immortality of the soul explores pre-natal existence
Heaven lies with one in infancy
Children still enjoy the visionary outlook of the world,
without the excessive materialism of the world
John Keat’s “Ode to Nightingale”
Themes: you grasping at life and beauty when faced with death
The desire for immortality in spite of time passing
The contrast between exuberant maturity and the decline
towards death
Ode gives moving expression to speaker’s grief
Immortal beauty of nightingale vs. speaker’s sadness
Two questions at end do not provide closure, and signal how
momentary was the respite that the song gave
The nightingale singing its ode generation after generation is in a
sense immortal
For Keat, the song itself is not immortal but it has such qualities
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