Poetry of The Romantic And Victorian Periods
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Compares different ideas of a poet's function in the poems of John Keats and Matthew Arnold. Their concepts of the art of poetry and ideas of the poet's role in society. Keats' idealism and disinterest in political thought. Arnold's emphasis that poetry should discuss the moral needs and failures of society.
From the Paper:"Poets' conceptions of their roles in society can be fairly consistent for long periods of time or may change rapidly in a decade or two. The difference between the idea of a poet's function as conceived by the Romantic era and the Victorian period provides an example of significant change. Not all the supposed members of any school of poetry, of course, share every aspect of the predominant theory of poetry in their generation. Neither John Keats (1795-1821) nor Matthew Arnold (1822-88) is entirely typical of his era. But, especially because Arnold reacted against Keats--among others--in specific, articulated ways, a comparison of their ideas of their role as poets will demonstrate how such changes take place and the effect they have on the poetry that is written.
A brief discussion of the two poets' ideas about the art of..."
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