Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature

Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature

M.H. Abrams / Jul 20, 2019

Natural Supernaturalism Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature In this remarkable new book M H Abrams definitively studies the Romantic Age the age in which Shelley claimed that the literature of England has arisen as it were from a new birth Abrams sh

  • Title: Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature
  • Author: M.H. Abrams
  • ISBN: 9780393006094
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this remarkable new book, M H Abrams definitively studies the Romantic Age 1789 1835 the age in which Shelley claimed that the literature of England has arisen as it were from a new birth Abrams shows that the major poets of the age had in common important themes, modes of expression, and ways of feeling and imagining that the writings of these poets were an intIn this remarkable new book, M H Abrams definitively studies the Romantic Age 1789 1835 the age in which Shelley claimed that the literature of England has arisen as it were from a new birth Abrams shows that the major poets of the age had in common important themes, modes of expression, and ways of feeling and imagining that the writings of these poets were an integral part of a comprehensive intellectual tendency which manifested itself in philosophy as well as poetry, in England and in Germany and that this tendency was causally related to drastic political and social changes of the age.But Abrams offers than a work of scholarship, for he ranges before and after, to place the age in Western culture he reveals what is traditional and what is revolutionary in the period, providing insights into those same two forces in the ideas of today He shows that central Romantic ideas and forms of imagination were secularized versions of traditional theological concepts, imagery, and design, and that modern literature participates in the same process Our comprehension of this age and of our own time is deepened by a work astonishing in its learning, vision, and humane understanding.

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      • M.H. Abrams

        Meyer Howard Abrams is an American literary critic, known for works on Romanticism, in particular his book The Mirror and the Lamp In a powerful contrast, Abrams shows that until the Romantics, literature was usually understood as a mirror, reflecting the real world, in some kind of mimesis but for the Romantics, writing was like a lamp the light of the writer s inner soul spilled out to illuminate the world Under Abrams editorship, the Norton Anthology of English Literature became the standard text for undergraduate survey courses across the U.S and a major trendsetter in literary canon formation.Abrams was born in a Jewish family in Long Branch, New Jersey The son of a house painter and the first in his family to go to college, he entered Harvard University as an undergraduate in 1930 He went into English because, he says, there weren t jobs in any other profession, so I thought I might as well enjoy starving, instead of starving while doing something I didn t enjoy After earning his baccalaureate in 1934, Abrams won a Henry fellowship to the University of Cambridge, where his tutor was I.A Richards He returned to Harvard for graduate school in 1935 and received his Masters degree in 1937 and his PhD in 1940 During World War II, he served at the Psycho Acoustics Laboratory at Harvard He describes his work as solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment by establishing military codes that are highly audible and inventing selection tests for personnel who had a superior ability to recognize sound in a noisy background In 1945 Abrams became a professor at Cornell University As of March 4th, 2008, he was Class of 1916 Professor of English Emeritus there.


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    1. Ok, for this book you need to have a background in Christianity, Biblical Studies, German Philosophy, Deutsche, and lastly the English Romantic Movement. With a special focus on William Wordsworth. When I selected it from the library I was lead to believe that is was going to be about Southey, Coleridge, Hunt, Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelly, Dorothy and William Wordsworth. Boy, was I ever wrong. There was no mention of Dorothy Wordsworth or Leigh Hunt, and there was a very small blurb about M [...]


    2. If you have any sort of interest in the Romantic period you owe it to yourself to read this book. Abrams' work is phenomenal, as he unpacks how the Romantic endeavor attempted to correct what they saw as the errors of the Enlightenment movement, swinging far towards a reductive view of reality. He illuminates how they attempted to preserve the spiritual and experiential essence of the old pagan and Christian traditions, bringing them into a post-Enlightenment society, making them intellectually [...]


    3. A required book for a graduate class many years ago. I recall it being grindingly dull and the fact that the professor made no mention of the text the entire semester.



    4. This is primarily a book about Wordsworth's poetry and the evolution of his ideas, but there are extensive digressions into the work of other romantics, Coleridge, Blake, and assorted German philosophers and writers. In the course of examining the work of these men, it paints a vivid picture of the evolution of thought from the old, religious way of viewing the world to a humanistic one, and lays the foundation for most of the literature, drama, and popular entertainment that follows for the nex [...]


    5. I wish more academic writing were of this caliber. The breadth and depth of this study of European Romanticism is truly incredible. Particularly insightful is Abrams' treatment of how Romanticism arose. Rather than simply stating that it was a secularization of Christian thinking or a reaction to Enlightenment rationalism, he describes in detail the subtle transformation that this worldview takes in literature and philosophy. Attributes of the Christian God become immanent parts of nature. Pagan [...]


    6. A complex, difficult, yet richly rewarding book. Abrams' thesis is simple enough: the failure of the French Revolution, and with it the collapse of hopes for a reformation of society, stimulated the chief figures of romanticism to turn their gaze inward and strive instead for the transformation of the soul. One of the main ways this was accopmlished was through the secularization of what had formerly beein chiefly theological modes of thought: hence the notion of "natural supernaturalism." This [...]


    7. A dense and challenging, yet rewarding academic text, providing a close reading of European Romanticism from its roots in both Classicism and a Biblical worldview, as it was transformed into a secularized philosophical and literary mode that coincided with political and social revolution, I would not recommend this book to a reader new to the study of European Romanticism, as it is rather specific and deep in its exploration, and assumes the reader can already swim soundly and with familiarity i [...]


    8. This is an excellent examination of the Romantic Movement's connections with and ideas about the natural world, the sublime, etc. However, readers should be aware that it is a pretty monocausal approach and does not deal with other factors relating to Romanticism, so it is not a good choice for introductory reading. Also, it is long and not particularly lively.


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