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The Romantics

Le tre puntate di un documentario della BBC sul romanticismo, insieme a qualche appunto preso dalla seconda puntata.

Per la 5L1 e le altre quinte del liceo, ecco le tre puntate di un documentario della BBC sul romanticismo, condotto dal biografo, romanziere, critico ed esperto di Londra –  Peter Ackroyd.

Prima dei video incollo  la trascrizione di un brevissimo estratto della seconda puntata, e qualche appunto significativo sempre sulla stessa puntata.

“(ca 37′) The Romantics where the first to express a yearning for the sublime in nature. The way we relish a sunset is a learnt experience, one we learned from the Romantics. The feeling that Wordsworth expresses is beyond rational understanding, it is a feeling of the sublime, of all the grandeur and the divinity in the natural world; it is a state of being that transcends the mundane and mechanical world in which we live; for the Romantics it represented the longing to be free. But the sublime was more than just the beauty of a sunset, it was about awe and terror: the natural world was a dangerous place, without convention, society or god. The sublime is man lost in the immensity of nature. The key to the sublime was the ability to lose yourself, the experience of having no horizons, no sense of confinement.”

(46′) In April 1815 Mount Tambora erupted in Indonesia, lowering  the global temperature by 3°C; 1816 was called the “year without a summer”. One young poet saw the eruption as the bringer of apocalypse. With the explosion of Tambora it seemed as if nature had retaliated against all those that had tried to tame, predict or influence it – the industrial revolution and the remorseless advance of science and technology that accompanied it was brought into question. The year without a summer was to change the course of art and of poetry: the fear of darkness, the fear of nature going awry aroused to a new generation of Romantics.  They were rebelling against the earlier generation, which seemed to have become conservative and reactionary. Some spent the summer of 1816 at Byron’s Villa Diodati near lake Geneva – including Mary Godwin Shelley. There was no natural light except lightning; it gave her the idea of the story of Frankenstein. The book is a prophecy that science may be misused by those who wish to tamper with or alter nature. Its message was simple yet powerful: respect and revere nature, it has the power to destroy you. Science alone is not enough. It is a warning repeated to this day.

Everyone who seeks peace by a river upon a mountain or upon a beach is heir to the Romantics, a beneficiary to their visionary imaginary; anyone who looks upon nature and thinks about man’s place within it owes a profound debt to the romantics, for when they looked at nature they were also looking into their souls. Man himself contained all the terror and secrets of the sublime. 

Episode 1 – Liberty

Episode 2 – Nature

Episode 3 – Eternity


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