THE MAKING OF “GENIUS”.

LOOKING AT THE WORD “ROMANTIC (3) So great a genius was Shakespeare that the very word “genius” had to be adapted in meaning to account for him. That is quite a fact so please read the first sentence again to make sure you have taken it in! For earlier meanings I refer again to ourContinue reading “THE MAKING OF “GENIUS”.”

LOOKING AT THE WORD “ROMANTIC” (2)

Words can be presences that inspire and encourage us forward; words can act like a pillory holding you down, keeping you confined. Great poets recreate the language, making it new. That was what Wordsworth and the great Romantics did. But the language was ready for them to act on it. As Logan Pearsall Smith (seeContinue reading “LOOKING AT THE WORD “ROMANTIC” (2)”

“WHAT IS IT TO BE A ROMANTIC?”: PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING?

We have been looking at Romanticism in general and some aspects of pre-romanticism ( the picturesque, the sublime etc) and the history of “romantic” as a word. We shall be looking at various examples of Romantic poetry and prose and asking questions as to its continuing influence on us today. But here is another angle:Continue reading ““WHAT IS IT TO BE A ROMANTIC?”: PHILOSOPHICALLY SPEAKING?”