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p. 323. The poetlocked

  • Michael Ferber

Abstract

In ‘The Poet’ the central position of poetry and the poet within the Romantic movement is discussed, and the place of poetry in everyday culture is surveyed. The various perceptions of poets, and the roles of poetry in society are outlined: poetry in the stead of, and in imitation of religion and religious leaders; poetry and political life; poets as anti-establishment figures; poets as individuals ignored by society and yet essential to it; poets as tragic figures, dying young and in poverty; and poets as repositories of genius and suffering. What was the place of women within the Romantic movement? Who were the female Romantic poets?

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