Preromanticism New Directions In Poetry And Prose - Essay

New Directions In Poetry And Prose

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Walter Jackson Bate (essay date 1946)

SOURCE: "The Growth of Individualism: The Premise of the Association of Ideas," in From Classic to Romantic: Premises of Taste in Eighteenth-Century England, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1946, pp. 129-59.

[In the following excerpt from his highly influential work From Classic to Romantic, Bate describes how a new emphasis on feelings led poets to experiment with sympathy, synaesthesia, suggestiveness, and sublimity.]

"Poetry," said Wordsworth, "is the history, or science, of the feelings"; for it is the "heart" which seeks "the light of truth." A rather general reliance on feeling as a...

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