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By Frederic S. Colwell

Rivermen examines the mythic context and mental dimensions of the river and its resource via an research of the habitual motifs linked to the resource in classical and English literature -the heroic quest, the river trip, and the naiad or muse. Frederic Colwell specializes in the writings of these redoubtable rivermen, the English Romantic poets. He explores poems by means of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Shelley, displaying that identical to the river is utilized in their paintings as a compelling archetype and a metaphor for the character and strategy of the artistic impulse. From the preface: "Unlike the rhythms of oceans, rivers have course and a purposive circulate. The river's will is usually its personal, now not laid down by means of guy, for whom the river passage calls for a hand over to its will, its currents and eddies. to maneuver with the movement is to direction with time and alter; to face astride or view it from a top deals the prophetic stance during which we examine its complete passage, its prior, current, and the brightening waters or rippling shoals ahead."

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