How Poetry Can Change Your and Other People's Life: Reading Romantic and post-romantic Anglo-saxon Authors

Mr Benjamin Bâcle
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Culture, Art and Poetry: which reality is hidden by these words used by writers as different as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Arnold, Carlyle and Ruskin ? A way to the World's meaning, a way to change Society, or at least a way to escape modern materialism ? Through the presentation and study of these authors, we wish to bring to light a relation to the World which is meant to focus on the essential things and to put what is nowadays considered as the most important, that is to say the skills, the commercial abilities, etc… in short all which is «mechanical», in the second place. The questions we will ask ourselves are: what are the 'essential' things, according to our authors ? What makes them better than what is « mechanical » ? How could these things improve the way we are with each other, and then the whole Society's condition ?

Keywords: Poetry, Romanticism, Materialism, Industrialism
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies, Knowledge, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness, Political Science, Politics, Religion, Spirituality
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: How Poetry can Change Your and Other People's Life

Mr Benjamin Bâcle

French Teaching Assistant, French Department, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University

After having studied Law in the University of Lille 2, I decided to return to what had first motivated my choice of studying Law, the theoretical political and social questions. My preferences brought me to the Political Thought of some Anglo-Saxon authors, like John Stuart Mill and Edmund Burke, both of which I worked on in the early 2000's, and then to the romantic and post-romantic writers, which Political Idealism I work now on in my doctorate studies. Eager to teach, I have been given the chance to do it at Aston University, and I really enjoy the job as well as the friendly environment.

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