Many of the major writers, however, did feel that there was something distinctive about their time – not a shared doctrine or literary quality, but a pervasive intellectual and imaginative climate, which some of them called “the spirit of the age.” They had the sense that (as Keats said in one of his sonnets) “Great spirits now on earth are sojourning,” and that there was evidence of that release of energy, experimental boldness, and creative power that marks a literary renaissance. In his Defence of Poetry Shelley claimed that the literature of the age “has arisen as it were from a new birth,” and that “an electronic life burns” without the words of its best writers which is “less their spirit than the spirit of the age
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Romantic Period (1785-1830), The Spirit of The Age
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Would you please clarify the blue part to me? I really can't understand it very well.
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