Roots that Clutch
Throughout the foregoing chapters I have stressed the fact that Romanticism in the arts of the Second World War is in many ways a confrontation with the reality that surrounded it rather than an idealist retreat from it. The philosophy of Romanticism, as it evolved in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, has a great deal to do with political and social theory: Rousseau,1 after all, evolved the theory of interchange with nature into a paradigm of education and social life which was to sweep across Europe, and we should not forget that Wordsworth and Coleridge, as well as Blake, came into conflict with the authorities over actions which were taken to be subversive.
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- 14.See Joseph Darracott and Belinda Loftus, Second World War Posters, 1972, p. 33.Google Scholar