Mysticism In John Wright's Poetry

analytical Essay
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772 words

In one sense, this may be taken to testify to the idea that these poets choose the rationale that there are no inborn ideas and that all ideas we have spring, in John Locke’s terms, “ From experience : in that all our knowledge is founded; and from that it ultimately derives itself.” Nevertheless, this may be the case in Gunn’s poetry with its marginal philosophical generalizations. As to the poetry of the rest, the imagination is superior to the intellect yet controlled by it to block any tendency towards sentimentality.(Hassan 190)
This insistence on personal experience brings the whole problem of convention and tradition, and their attitudes to them, into focus. Gunn and the later Enright employ the mythic experience to explore the present. This myth falls short as the myth is awkwardly related to their material.
By contrast Larkin, Amis, Wain and the early Enright observe the earth-bound poet who is really engaged in recreating the familiar. They do not use any mythology, philosophy or references to other poets. Hence their poetry is descriptive. It is rooted in time as it is concerned with everyday life and man’s relation to it. Their achievements as poets are in the depicting things and experiences in exact terms of their existence.
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Romanticism is a sweeping but …show more content…

The Concise Oxford Dictionary (1911), after defining a mystic as "one who believes in spiritual apprehension of truths beyond the understanding, “adds, "whence mysticism." Whatever may be the precise force of the remark in brackets, it it is unquestionably true that mysticism is often used in a semi-contemptuous way to denote vaguely any kind of occultism or spiritualism, or any specially curious or fantastic views about God and the universe.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes romanticism as a sweeping but indispensable modern term applied to the profound shifts in western attitudes to art and human creativity that dominated much of european culture in the first half of the 19th century.
  • Explains that mysticism is irresponsibly applied in english that it has become the first duty of those who use it to explain what they mean by it.
  • Explains that confessional poetry is an autobiographical mode that reveals the poet's personal problems with unusual frankness.
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