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Philosophy, Criticism, and the Romantic Turn

Schlegel eventually wrote the History of the Poetry of the Greeks and Romans, but by the time the only volume was published in 1798, his view of modern poetry had changed. Already in his 1795 essay his admiration for William Shakespeare seems to belie his insistence on Sophocles' superiority. His politics, too, though inspired by the ancients, were decidedly unconventional, as evidenced by his defense of the legitimacy of insurrection in his "Essay on the Concept of Republicanism" (1796), itself a critical review of Immanuel Kant's "Toward Perpetual Peace" (1795). But it was chiefly Friedrich Schiller's On Naive and Sentimental Poetry (1795–1796)—with its balanced judgment of the comparable virtues of ancient, "naive" and modern, "sentimental" (self-conscious) poetry and its reference to an even loftier poetry—that challenged Schlegel to reconsider his earlier views. Also like Schiller, Schlegel began to embrace Johann...

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