With special attention to the Romantic poets from Wordsworth and Coleridge down to Pound and Eliot, distinguished scholar Marion Montgomery explores the disorientation of image and metaphor from reality. The book focuses on the virtues and limits of the intuitive intellect as they are explicated by Thomas Aquinas in relational intellect, and the 'Romantic' poet's dependence upon the intuitive and rational modes of intellectual action, two species of 'romanticism' centering in presumptuous autonomy emerge: that of the poet and that of the scientist.
Marion Montgomery is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Georgia. He is the author of numerous books, including T.S. Eliot: An Essay on the American Magus and Ezra Pound: A Critical Essay, as well as many poems and critical essays.