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Unformatted text preview: How important is the idea of the Sublime in the poems of the Romantic Era? In the poems of the Romantic era, the idea of the Sublime is particularly important. It poses as contrast to the transient nature of humanity and all the things it strives for: namely beauty, immortality and the afterlife. There is also a lot of sublime in Romantic poetry as a means to express suffering of humans in the dreary intercourse of daily life 1 . In this genre of poetry, there exists a constant striving for being sublime - almost echoing Shelleys idea of Poets being the unacknowledged leaders of the world. Wordsworth writes, We see into the life of things 2 and Keats, But I saw too distinct into the core 3 Keats, by saying so is separating himself from ordinary beings and Wordsworth by the word we makes it a general quality of Poets. Possessing the power of not only seeing into the life of things, but seeing too far into them, already creates something sublime about their poetry. There is something supernatural about the life of things, perhaps, hinting at the soul, the only immortal part of humanity and by referring to it, Wordsworth shows how important the idea of sublime is in his poetry. Shelley, in Ode to the West Wind, constantly expresses his desire to be like the West Wind, which he personifies by continually addressing it as thou, evid- ently seeing into the life of it. He praises it by calling it destroyer and preserver, giv- ing it godly qualities. Just as it lifts winged seeds and creates life in it, Shelley himself wants life lift me up as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! he writes. He chooses to be like nature and by using a simile (as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!) to show it, he shows his immutable 1 Lines, Wordsworth 2 Lines, Wordsworth 3 Epistle to John Hamilton Reynolds, Keats desire to be like it, as similes are very direct as compared to other ways of comparisons. desire to be like it, as similes are very direct as compared to other ways of comparisons....
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