1st Edition

Romantic Ecology (Routledge Revivals)
Wordsworth and the Environmental Tradition

ISBN 9780415856652
Published December 3, 2014 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1991, Romantic Ecology reassesses the poetry of William Wordsworth in the context of the abiding pastoral tradition in English Literature. Jonathan Bate explores the politics of poetry and argues that contrary to critics who suggest that the Wordsworth was a reactionary who failed to represent the harsh economic reality of his native Lake District, the poet’s politics were fundamentally ‘green’. As our first truly ecological poet, Wordsworth articulated a powerful and enduring vision of human integration with nature which exercised a formative influence on later conservation movements and is of immediate relevance to great environmental issues today. Challenging the orthodoxies of new historicist criticism, Jonathan Bate sets a new agenda for the study of Romanticism in the 1990s.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements;  Introduction;  1. A language that is ever green  2. The economy of nature  3. The moral of landscape  4. The naming of places;  Notes;  Index

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