By April Bernard

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393068078, 70pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

Romanticism explores and challenges the central ideas of high Romanticism: the tragedy and gallantry of the individual's life journey, the appeal of revolution and violence, the beckoning forces of Nature, and the estrangement from but constant longing for God. Here is a powerful argument for the primacy of strong emotion.


So I offered a bargain:

All of it, the books, the papers,

and whatever is still brewing in my teapot head

All of this, I said, I will surrender

if only I may have

the home that I have seen in his face.

The answer came at once: No.

What lies you tell, and call them love.

About the Author
April Bernard is the author of three poetry collections and a novel. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the Boston Review, the New York Review of Books, and elsewhere. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.