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Return to Book Page. Preview — Romantic Image by Frank Kermode. Romantic Image by Frank Kermode. For the past four decades Frank Kermode, critic and writer, has steadily established himself as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. Questioning the public's harsh perception of 'the artist', Kermode at the same time gently pokes fun at artists' own, often inflated, self-image.
He identifies what has become one of the defining characteristics of the Romantic For the past four decades Frank Kermode, critic and writer, has steadily established himself as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. He identifies what has become one of the defining characteristics of the Romantic tradition - the artist in isolation and the emerging power of the imagination.
Back in print after an absence of over a decade, The Romantic Image is quintessential Kermode. Enlightenment has seldom been so enjoyable!
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Romantic Image. Mar 07, Ines rated it really liked it Shelves: on-literature. Yeats: "He has made, after the manner of his kind, mere images. In he admiringly credited Johnson with Axel's attitude. He might have cried out with Axel, 'As for living, our servants will do that for us.
Tormented by the necessary failure of his life, appalled in conscience or in vanity, he can say, 'I suffered continual remorse, and only became content when my abstractions had composed themselves into picture and dramatisation.
As throughout this essay I here use 'Romantic' in a restricted sense, as applicable to the literature of one epoch, beginning in the late years of 18th century and not yet finished, and as referring to the high valuation placed during this period upon the image-making powers of the mind at the expense of its rational powers, and to the substitution of organicist for mechanistic modes of thinking about works of art.
It is no matter what words you put them into', and others say 'Give me the Design, it is no matter for the Execution. Ideas cannot be given but in their minutely appropriate words, nor can a deign be made without its minutely appropriate execution He who copies does not execute, he only imitates what is already executed. Execution is only the result of Invention. You know what I call architect's curves - flat pieces of wood with all different kinds of curvature.
By a suitable selection from these you can draw approximately any curve you like. The artist I take to be a man who simply can't bear the idea of that 'approximately'. He will get the exact curve of what he sees whether it be an object or an idea in the mind. We unfold everything out in space, and we tend to think that everything that cannot be so unfolded must be unknowable.
But of course that is not so, and anybody can think of things which are somehow known but resist this form of knowing them. What is sought is an image which is 'a sort of death and silence in the middle of life'. Stephen rated it it was amazing Feb 27, Lydia rated it really liked it Jun 28, Sean rated it liked it Mar 24, Sahel rated it really liked it Apr 16, J rated it it was ok Apr 21, Chrissa rated it really liked it Nov 10, Wolf rated it really liked it May 30, William Ghosh rated it it was amazing May 24, Chi -Yan rated it really liked it May 19, Jamie Aldridge rated it liked it Feb 10, Aileen rated it liked it Jun 13, Wan Nor rated it liked it May 28, Steve Laking rated it it was ok Aug 21, Chick Foxgrover rated it it was amazing Feb 28, Yordan Eftimov rated it it was amazing Jun 25, David rated it really liked it Jan 21, Albert rated it liked it Sep 04, Charlie Stephen rated it it was amazing Mar 01, Bee rated it really liked it Jan 22, Brandon rated it it was amazing Feb 28, Sarah rated it really liked it Sep 03, Jon Frankel rated it really liked it Jan 01, Daniel Melnick rated it it was amazing Sep 22, Jude Brigley rated it liked it Jul 27, Rumsoakedboy rated it really liked it Jun 05, Tom Calvard rated it liked it Sep 29, Callum rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Benjy rated it really liked it Aug 13, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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I have written this essay because I thought I could see a new way of looking at certain assumptions which are of great importance to contemporary poetry and criticism. Very briefly, these assumptions are that the image is, in Wyndham Lewis's phrase, the 'primary pigment' of poetry; and that the poet who uses it is by that very fact differentiated from other men, and seriously at odds with the society in which he has to live. Thoroughly Romantic they may be, but they are none the less fundamental to much twentieth-century thinking about poetry; and this remains true for critics and poets who are militantly anti-Romantic. Clearly this is a complicated subject, and equally clearly my essay is short and tentative, laying no claim to exhaustive or specialist scholarship. Everybody agrees that dons are deplorably specialised these days, and this is not, as they say, my 'period'. But I have not thrown caution to the winds, and I have accepted scholarly assistance wherever I could get it. I say this, of course, without prejudice to my benefactors.
Romantic Image by Frank Kermode
Romantic Image. Frank Kermode. For the past four decades Frank Kermode, critic and writer, has steadily established himself as one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. Author and editor of over forty books, his prodigious output includes some of the best literary criticism to be published. Questioning the public's harsh perception of 'the artist', Kermode at the same time gently pokes fun at artists' own, often inflated, self-image. He identifies what has become one of the defining characteristics of the Romantic tradition - the artist in isolation and the emerging power of the imagination. The ingeniousness of Kermode's argument and the polish and wit of the writing all serve to identify the book as one of his finest offerings.
Sir John Frank Kermode, November 29, - August 17, John Kermode was a British literary critic best known for his work The Sense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction, published in revised , and for his extensive book-reviewing and editing. He was Charles E. Kermode wrote several books on literary figures, including D. Lawrence and Wallace Stevens. Kermode was also the editor of the cultural journal, Encounter and his memoir, Not Entitled, was published in
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