Romantic Poets and Divinity, the Sublime and Rhetoric


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Romantic Poets and Divinity, the Sublime and Rhetoric
Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake and Samuel Coleridge are three romantic writers who examine the dynamic between humanity, nature and divinity. In Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman she discusses how humankind is a physical if flawed manifestation of the immortal and divine order of the universe. She writes “the nature of reason must be the same in all, if it be an emanation of divinity, the tie that connects the creature with the Creator”. Our capacity for profound thought and our ability to reason, she argues, is what brings us closest to God. For Wollstonecraft, nature is the state of perfection in which humanity was born from and where we belong. Of mankind’s...
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.....also compares Psyche to “all Olympus' faded hierarchy! / Fairer than Phoebe's sapphire-region'd star, / Or Vesper”. Here he is illustrating the goddess’ beauty and unfathomable wisdom by comparing it to the most beautiful and famous visages in history. He also makes clear what the speaker’s intention is with this ode, writing “I see, and sing, by my own eyes inspired./ So let me be thy choir”. Here he wishes to worship the goddess and benefit from her godly knowledge and power, and is asking her to receive his admiration and devotion.
The Romantic writers had a profound impact on the course of poetic literature to follow, and these are but a few examples of the writers who were at the forefront of the movement, and the techniques they used.