Counter-Romanticisms: Hardy — Eliot — Lawrence



In an essay contributed to a collection entitled The Sources of Hope, Charles Rycroft has drawn out the metaphor in the book’s title: hope

must refer to some general property of living organisms, which they continue to possess or display as long as they live and without which they cease to do so, but which can be conceived to originate, to have its sources, somewhere other than in the living organism itself.1x

Like a river, he maintains, hope is an open system, depending on a supply that comes in from outside, and can be imagined drying up or becoming exhausted.


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9 Counter-Romanticisms: Hardy — Eliot —Lawrence

  1. 3.
    Harry T. Moore, The Life and Works of D.H.Lawrence (1951) p. 33.Google Scholar
  2. 16.
    Review of Peter Quennell, Baudelaire and the Symbolists Criterion (1930) ix, 357.Google Scholar
  3. 45.
    T. S. Eliot The Idea of a Christian Society (1939) p. 67. For Coleridge on the ‘Idea’ see p. 130 above and n, p. 270, below.Google Scholar
  4. 67.
    T. S. Eliot, After Strange Gods (1934) p. 54.Google Scholar
  5. 77.
    Review of F. E. Pierce, Currents and Eddies in the English Romantic Generation (New Haven, Conn. 1918): Athenaeum (18 July 1919) 616–7.Google Scholar

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© John Beer 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

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