Alfred de Musset: The Confession of a Child of the Century
Alfred de Musset (1810–1857) captured in his The Confession of a Child of the Century the mood of many younger Romantics who found themselves without hope of attaining the heroic careers their fathers had experienced and saw themselves forced to wait and restrict their talents in an age that seemed devoted to the safe, to the moderate, and to material things. The distress he evokes in the chapter given below is much the same as that of other young men of earlier eras who believed the world did not fit their talents, or vice versa-Rousseau is the most obvious example. But it is a special trait of the era of the Bourbon restoration to find so many who believed that the times, not just social arrangements or human qualities, were out of joint.
KeywordsPersonal Ideal Anxious Youth European History Divine Love Beautiful Thing
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