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London, GB
Post #: 155
I didn't see this series first time around and I have just spent the last three hours kicking myself. The story of how the Romantics killed God and created our modern view of the world. I knew I was going to like it the moment they quoted Diderot: "We will never be free until the last king has been strangled with the entrails of the last priest". Metaphorically of course smile.

It's all good, but if you only have an hour, go for number 3-Eternity (previously posted these out of sequence, sorry about that).­­­

London, GB
Post #: 35
Ah brilliant. I did a whole module on the Romantics last semester. Good find, I will enjoy this!
love struck
London, GB
Post #: 109
Great find Jason,
I have never been into poetry, but this was most entertaining and wonderfully religion free. When there was talk of the grandeur of nature, I could not help to think of the works of David Attenborough, also inspirational.
Good ole Shelly .......Atheism was the necessary foundation to a free and enlightened life."Without proof of the existence of god it, made no sense in believing in him" Then expelled from Oxford!
London, GB
Post #: 264
Thanks Brian, glad you liked it. I found it absolutely riveting too. Peter Ackroyd has some funny ideas on some things, but there is no doubting that he has an extraordinarily brilliant mind and a vast capacity for hard work. The sheer volume, variety and quality of his output is amazing.

Like you I don't have a natural affinity for poetry. I had some gems taught to me as a kid, but I largely ignored it as an adult. But in the last five years or so, I have started to find I get more and more out of it. Like most things I guess it's about taking the time and making a bit of an effort.
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