F. D, E. SCHLEIBFLMACHER the borderlands of some greater reality' which the Romantics held to be both urhown and urhowable to pure reason, pervades the movement, and proved to be enormously attractive to an age which had become increasingly bored with the banalities of rationalism. The ethos of the movement, like that of Enlighterment rationalism, proved capable of crossing national frontiers, with the result that German Romantic I Sm soon made its presence felt in England. The basic ethos of the movement is expressed particularly well in the writings of the English poet William Wordsworth (1770-l850), who spotce of the human imagination in terms of transcending the limitations of human reason, and reaching beyond its bounds to sample the infinite through the finite. Imagination
ls but another name for absolute power And clearest insight, amplitude of mind, jhd Reason in her most exalted mood.
Romanticism thus found itself equally unhappy with traditional Christian doctrines and the rationalist moral platitudes of the Enlightenment. They both failed to do justice to the complexity of the world in an attempt to reduce the (mystery of the universe' Jo use a phrase found in the writings of August Wilhelm Schlege1 - to neat formulae. A marked limitation of the competence of reason may be discemed in such sentiments. Reason threatens to limit the human mind to what may be deduced; the imqgination is able to liberate the hman spirit from this self-imposed bondage, and allow it to discover new depths of I reality " vague and tantalizing (something', which can be discemed in the world of everyday realities. The infinite is somehow present in the finite, and may be known through feeling and the imaginatioI1. As John Keats (l795-1821) put it, (I am certain of nothing except the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of the imagination.' The reaction against the aridity of reason was thus complemented by emphasis upon the epistemological significance of human feelings and emotions. Under the influence of Novalis (Friedrich Yon Hardenberg, l772J801), German Romanticism came to develop two axioms conceming das Gejtu (a German term perhaps best translated as ･feeling, or tsentiment,, though neither conveys the full rzmge of meanings associated with the original). First, das Gefu'hl concems the individual. thinker, who becomes 39