Romanticism explores and challenges the central ideas of high Romanticism: the tragedy and gallantry of the individual’s life journey, the appeal of revolution and violence, the beckoning forces of Nature, and the estrangement from but constant longing for God. Here is a powerful argument for the primacy of strong emotion.
Paperback, 70 pages
Published January 24th 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published June 1st 2009)
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April Bernard’s first, eponymously titled collection, BLACKBIRD BYE BYE, resonated with notes and meaning that continue to echo in ROMANTICISM, her latest book: “Oh, what hard-luck stories they all hand me,” goes the Mort Dickinson and Ray Henderson standard, “Make my bed and light the light / I’ll arrive late tonight, Blackbird bye bye.” What has changed is the broadened scope of those hard-luck stories, sung with dazzle, fury, and a apocalyptic undertone, accompanied by Bernard’s downright wic...more
I don't feel authoritative enough to hold forth on a particular collection's merits or shortcomings; all I can define is what I like--what resonates with me, what touches me emotionally, and/or engages me intellectually--and I liked this.
April Bernard is the author of three poetry collections and a novel. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the Boston Review, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.More about April Bernard...