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The romantic Oriental poems of Coleridge, Shelly and Lord Byron present the colonial...

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adnan1972 | (Level 1) Honors

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The romantic Oriental poems of Coleridge, Shelly and Lord Byron present the colonial relationship between West and East that was abundant with over-fertile stereotypes. “According to the Stereotype, the Oriental subjects have no power over their will, and live in an exotic, timeless never-never land closer to the realm of mythology than history. We might say that the oriental is represented as the... “other” of the westerner, who in contrast lives in a “progressive” and purposeful historical present motivated by moral choice and action.” (RW, P. 224)

With reference to the above quotation, discuss in an essay of 2000 words three romantic poems by the aforementioned poets in view of the following critical issues:

1. The notions of Colonialism, Orientalism according to Edward Said and Oriental Renaissance according to Raymond Schwab.

2. The representation of the Western “self” and the Eastern “other”.

3. The moral ground of Romanticism, its restriction to the European Continent and exclusion of other nations.

4. Your own reflections and comments on the image of the Orient in Romantic poetry and its misleading effects that contributed to misunderstanding and mistreatment between West and East.

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