Sunday, October 09, 2016

The Romantics - Eternity (BBC documentary)

Narrated by Peter Ackroyd, this documentary examines the short radical lives of Byron, Keats and Shelley and how they would change the world. At 19, Shelley wrote The Necessity of Atheism - it was banned and burned, but it freed the Romantics from religion. Through their search for meaning in a world without God, they pioneered the notions of free love, celebrity and secular idolatry that are at the centre of modern Western culture. For them poetry became the new religion, a way of reaching Eternity. Their words are brought to life in this documentary by Nicholas Shaw, Blake Ritson and Joseph Millson.

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