How Poetry Can Change Your and Other People's Life: Reading Romantic and post-romantic Anglo-saxon Authors
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
Mr Benjamin Bâcle
French Teaching Assistant, French Department, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University