To see as poets do
Romanticism, the sublime and poetic ignorance
in Ignorance
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This chapter considers ignorance in Romanticism. It examines William Wordsworth's text in the sixth book of The Prelude, and the subsequent declaration of ignorance in response to the so-called ‘Simplon Pass’ episode, where he records an instance of geographical bafflement. The chapter then examines the concept of the Romantic sublime and the characterisation of Romanticism, concluding that ignorance is central to the Romantic conception of the sublime and is an important aspect of Romantic poetics.

Ignorance

Literature and agnoiology

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