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Chapter 6 of Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 is “The Inner Revolution(s) of Wordsworth and the Beatles,” pp. 83-94, by David Boocker, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska, Omaha.
“The Inner Revolution(s) of Wordsworth and the Beatles” by David Boocker argues that the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and William Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads are significant parallel cases in which both come forward during times of intense social change to participate in an agenda for change, but both do so by advocating for an inner or psychological transformation or reform. This desire for inner transformation, according to Boocker, is motivated by expressions of social and personal despair and the observation of suffering in ways consistent with Sayre and Löwy’s description of “resigned Romanticism.”
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