Revolution and Revolt - Research Article from Literary Themes: War and Peace

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Revolution and Revolt

Literature as Call to Revolution

One source of revolution is idealism. Revolutionaries are often seen as idealists, visionaries, or even madmen. They see a world that needs to be remade and by some private effort try to remake it. For revolutionary writers, this usually means analyzing a situation and trying to inspire individuals to take up the fight. It may also mean risking one's own neck. The British poet W. H. Auden did just that. In 1937, he traveled to Spain to support the leftist Loyalist cause in the Spanish Civil War, a battle that is often called a preview of World War II. Auden was young, radical, idealistic, and talented. As a result of this wartime experience, he wrote "Spain, 1937."

The poem is a summation of history and a vision of the future, but most importantly it is a present call to action, with...

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