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Romanticism: Poems

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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.


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Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 24th 2011 by W. W. Norton Company (first published June 1st 2009)
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Brittany
Apr 17, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Favorites: A Chthonic Deity, Waking Alone, Straw Flowers, Concerning Romanticism-War, Sonnenwendenlieder (Solstice Songs)-Ungeliebt
Tim
Jun 22, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the years I have heard April Bernard read a number of these poems and have been waiting patiently for them to come out in a book. Although I haven't finished I am not disappointed.
Diann Blakely
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
Jlawrence
Jan 22, 2017 Jlawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her fourth book of poetry, April Bernard looks at romanticism, both literary and personal, through several facets, in poems rueful, sharp and elegant. In particular, the multi-poem series "Concerning Romanticism" and "Sonnenwendenlieder (Solistice Songs)" are incredible, and I also loved "The Oft-Wedded Waif" an "homage to Edward Gorey" which easily summoned in my mind the imaginary Gorey illustrations that should accompany it.
J.M. Hushour
Feb 21, 2013 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest living poets, if not the! It's bizarre, yet shouldn't be surprising that talents like this are unknown and publish only a few titles while millions listen to "Kidz Bop" with disgusting glee.
Terry
Nov 22, 2009 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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.
Pat
Jan 05, 2010 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brava!

May these tear-dripped cookies secure her fortune
southward, to the end of
seasons.
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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.
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