The Romantic Survival: A Study in Poetic Evolution

By John Bayley | Go to book overview
Save to active project


IN THE previous pages I have tried to show how romantic ideas, developing and proliferating over the course of more than a century, affected the writing and the reading of imaginative literature. We have seen how the novel was transformed, becoming the dominant creative form under the impulse of romantic egotism and individualism, and showing the all-important and all-interesting 'T' creating his environment or at odds with it; how 'counter-reformations' like that of Hulme and Eliot sought to discredit romanticism and reverse its tendencies; and, most important of all, how the universe of romantic poetry began to shrink, diminishing into the mental world of the symbolists, or into a catalogue of stock romantic properties.

I shall now take three poets-- Yeats, Auden, and Dylan Thomas--in whose work can be seen many of the aspects of romanticism which have been discussed and who constitute the greatest and most interesting exponents of a new sort of romantic revival. In their poetry the romantic horizons have expanded again, the original vitality and breadth of the movement have been restored. As we examine the ways in which this has been brought about, we shall see that only in the context of romantic thought and theory, both its strength and its weakness, can the size of their poetry be properly appreciated and its positive qualifies understood. All are poets


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Romantic Survival: A Study in Poetic Evolution


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 231

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?