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L.J. Swingle. “the Romantic Unity and English Romantic Poetry”

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L.J. Swingle. “The Romantic Unity and English Romantic Poetry” In The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol.74, No. 3 (Jul, 1975), pp. 361-374, University of Illinois Press.
In this paper, Swingle tried to figure out the romantic unity notions--the affirmation and the opposition--in English Romantic Poetries through Abrams’ Natural Supernatural. Unity in Romantic Literature as the unity between mind and nature. The notions introduced by Abrams of higher unity, which incorporates the intervening differentiations and preserves   diversification and individuality, seems likely to be welcome by many as a guideline for coming to terms with the tension of between unity and opposition among the Romantics in order to achieve renewed critical enthusiasm for finding the affirmations of unity in Romantic literature.
The subjects of this paper are important distinctions which failed to be made by Abrams’ argument in English Romantic poetry and their effect upon the unity-opposition tensions in English Romantic. As Abrams is interested in what he suspected Romantics minds believe about the ultimate nature of things, the notions about reality, or the things as they are. However, this statement were the opposite of what Wordsworth asserts that poetry, her privilege and duty, is to threat of things not as they are but as they appear, not as the exist but as they seem to exist to the senses and the passions. Even what Wordsworth said can’t be applied to all romantic poets, but it can in a large measure. Romantic poetry tends to concentrate upon things in their appearances. As in Wordsworth Lines Written in Early Springs and Shelley’s’ Stanzas: Written in Dejection, Near Naples, they exposed thought they had, or wish to say they had. They offer glimpses of how things seem to be, reflections of the poets’ beliefs concerning things as they appear, different from Abrams believe that poetry must be related to things the poet believes.
Swingle stated that romantic poems...


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