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To see as poets do: Romanticism, the sublime and poetic ignorance

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.003.0004
To see as poets do: Romanticism, the sublime and poetic ignorance

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This chapter considers ignorance in Romanticism. It examines William Wordsworth's text in the sixth book of The Prelude, and the subsequent declaration of ignorance in response to the so-called ‘Simplon Pass’ episode, where he records an instance of geographical bafflement. The chapter then examines the concept of the Romantic sublime and the characterisation of Romanticism, concluding that ignorance is central to the Romantic conception of the sublime and is an important aspect of Romantic poetics.

Keywords: Romanticism; Prelude; William Wordsworth; declaration of ignorance; bafflement; Romantic sublime; Romantic poetics

Chapter.  11410 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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