The Poet and the Man
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Romantic Classicism and Romantic Rousseauism, from being in opposition, are two facets of a single jewel. The fascination of Greece was the fascination of Greek art; at least part of the fascination of Rousseauism was the effect of a theory that could explain that fascination. The Romantic poets were able to compose freely and greatly only in those moments of inspiration when their self-consciousness was in abeyance, and reason and emotion were at one. Rousseau predisposed people to accept for explanation a theory that represented the Greeks as racially integrated. The process of thought which enters upon a final stage in Prometheus Unbound, and culminates in Hellas, might be defined as a Platonization of Rousseauism. It is a reassertion in Platonic categories of the doctrine of the three phases in the development of mankind: by which they are interpreted as a phase of union with the One, of divorce from it, and of eventual reunion.