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The Greatest Rock Star of the 19th Century: Ray Davies, Romanticism, and the Art of Being English

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This essay considers Ray Davies in the context of the English Romantic art tradition. By connecting Davies with Romantics like William Wordsworth, John Keats, William Blake, and Charles Lamb, this essay explores Davies's language, characterizations, themes, development of a personal mythology, use of antitheses, and sense of “negative capability.” The influence of the English art school on Davies is also explored as is his work in later years which suggests Blake's apocalyptic vision and Shelley's spirituality.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-05-01

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