Romanticism: Poems (Paperback)

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"In Romanticism, the untrammeled Romantic in us struggles for expression in Art. The winner-no question-is the reader."—New Haven Review

Romanticism explores and challenges the central ideas of high Romanticism: the tragedy and gallantry of the individual’s life journey, the appeal of revolution and violence, the beckoning forces of Nature, and the estrangement from but constant longing for God. Here is a powerful argument for the primacy of strong emotion.


     So I offered a bargain:

     All of it, the books, the papers,

     and whatever is still brewing in my teapot head—

     All of this, I said, I will surrender

     if only I may have

     the home that I have seen in his face.

     The answer came at once: No.

     What lies you tell, and call them love.

About the Author

April Bernard is the author of four previous poetry collections and two novels. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Praise For…

Romanticism is a masterpiece of strategic, surprising inaccuracies. . . . Bernard mixes remarkable cocktails of accessibility and opacity.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393338898
ISBN-10: 0393338894
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 24th, 2011
Pages: 80
Language: English