Borrowed Imagination: The British Romantic Poets and Their Arabic-Islamic Sources examines masterpieces of English Romantic poetry and shows the Arabic and Islamic sources that inspired Coleridge, Wordsworth, Blake, Shelley, Keats, and Byron when composing their poems in the eighteenth, or early nineteenth century. Critics have documented Greek and Roman sources but turned a blind eye to nonwestern materials at a time when the romantic poets were reading them. The book shows how the Arabic-Islamic sources had helped the British Romantic Poets not only in finding their own voices, but also their themes, metaphors, symbols, characters and images. The British Romantic Poets and Their Arabic-Islamic Sources is of interest to scholars in English and comparative literature, literary studies, philosophy, religion, government, history, cultural, and Middle Eastern studies and the general public.
Samar Attar is an invited speaker at international universities and organizations in Egypt, Syria, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Spain, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates. She is the author of Debunking the Myths of Colonization: The Arabs and Europe.
Table of Contents Preface Introduction. The English Romantic Poets: Their Background, Their Country's History, and the Sources that Influenced Their Literary Output Chapter One. Borrowed Imagination in the Wake of Terror: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Arabian Nights Chapter Two. The Riots of Colors, Sights, and Sounds: John Keats' Melancholic Lover and the East Chapter Three. The Natural Goodness of Man: William Wordsworth's Journey from the Sensuous to the Sublime Chapter Four. Poetic Intuition and Mystic Vision: William Blake's Quest for Equality and Freedom Chapter Five. The Interrogation of Political and Social Systems: Percy Bysshe Shelley's Call for Drastic Societal Change Chapter Six. The Infatuation With Personal, Political, and Poetic Freedom: George Gordon Byron and his Byronic Hero Conclusion. How Valid is Kipling's Phrase that East and West Can Never Meet? Bibliography Appendices About the author Index