BBC offers a passionate investigation of the ideas that shaped the modern world. The writer and historian Peter Ackroyd introduces the Romantics: „They helped to fashion the way in which we all now think and imagine”.
It was a time when freedom was „an alternative way of living”. What it meant then and what it remained today after more than two centuries of Chinese whispers…
The reshaping of social order included a new vision of natural world as an „escape from commerce and industry”. In the age of mechanization, dreaming of a new world includes to „hold infinity in the palm of your hand” (William Blake).
In times of revolution, the fragility of man became a statement, a poetic and spiritual vision. This vision shaped the way we perceive life now.