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The Romantics

The Romantics is a BBC documentary series presented by Peter Ackroyd, exploring the turbulent story of the pioneers of modern imagination: their private pleasures, personal dreams and political passions. The series follows the growth of the Romantic idea through three episodes: Liberty, Nature, and Eternity. The main focus is the work and lives of some of the giants of the Romantic movement, William Blake, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The main character however, is the idea itself, how it is relayed, how it affects change in people and in the world itself.

Episode 1 - Liberty
This episode explores the birth of the individual in modern society, through the work and lives of Denis Diderot, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William Blake, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Episode 2 - Nature
This episode examines the birth of the modern notion of nature, through the work and lives of William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Mary Shelley.

Episode 3 - Eternity
This episode tells the story of a search for meaning, in a world without God, through the work and lives of John Keats, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley.


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