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Apocalypse and Millenium in English Romantic Poetry

Morton D. Paley


The interrelationship of the ideas of apocalypse and millennium is a dominant concern of British Romanticism. The Book of Revelation provides a model of history in which apocalypse is followed by millennium, but in their various ways the major Romantic poets—Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Shelley—question and even at times undermine the possibility of a successful secularization of this model. No matter how confidently the sequence of apocalypse and millennium seems to be affirmed in some of the major works of the period, the issue is always in doubt: the fear that millennium ... More

Keywords: British Romanticism, poetry, Book of Revelation, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley, millennium

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morton D. Paley, author
Professor in the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley