Analysis of Windsor Castle as “sublime”
In The imitate Sublime, Plumly declares that “sublime” has been once considered as a term of soaring and fascination. Moreover, Plumly also characterizes “sublime” as visionary dreariness and spiritual values. This essay aims to analyze the Windsor Castle as “sublime”. Primarily, this essay will describe the Windsor Castle and illustrate my experience of it. In reality, in my mind, Windsor Castle is solemn and elegant. And then, this essay will discuss understanding about non-literary sublime from readings of several authors. In this part, this essay will agree with Plumly’s claim on sublime for it could describe real experience of sublime of non-literary objects.
Description of the Windsor Castle and illustration of my experience
Regarded as one of most prestigious Royal Garden Architecture, the Windsor Castle gives impression of sublime for people. Composed of Great Windsor Park and the Castle, Windsor Castle has a wide measure of area with over 8000 acres. At the same time, both internal decoration and external decoration of the Windsor Castle are magnificent and majestic. With big scale and elegant decoration, the Windsor Castle creates a feeling of solemn and elegant. Furthermore, the Windsor Castle has a sublime humanistic culture, which enables it to be sublime radically. As a matter of fact, the Windsor Castle is the Royal Park of the Britain royalty in current time. In history, the Windsor Castle has a sublime and elegant history as well. In the Windsor Castle, Edward VIII married a woman with a bad reputation and lived with her for the rest of his life. To pursuit for his love, Edward VIII forgave the throne and stayed together with his wife, and then, died in the Windsor castle. This legend and beautiful story created the Windsor Castle to be sublime, breathtaking and awe-inspiring fear.
When I entered into the Windsor Castle, this non-literary object gave me with a shocking impression. Not only does the magnificent architecture let me shocking, but also historical sense les me to feel the Windsor Castle as elegant and solemn. What’s more, with large scale, both the Windsor Castle and Windsor Castle have a commanding and divine feeling. Consequently, when I entered into the Windsor Castle, I felt as shocking, profound respectably. In general, combining with objective descriptive illustration and personal experience, I think that the Windsor Castle as sublime.
Analysis of claims of Shaw, Burke and Plumly on sublime
In Wordsworth and the Sublime, Shaw claims that “sublime” should be in relation to romantic and aesthetic (Shaw 2015, 2). In the article, Shaw argues that sublime should be something like Wordsworth’s poems, which should be involved into strong emotion, real sense and beautiful rhetoric. Most importantly, Shaw claims that in literary works, to create the sense of sublime, the creators should focus more on expression of authentic feelings (Shaw 2015, 2). Instead of decorating literary works with exaggerated words and false emotion, Shaw considers that literary works should be created with spiritual love and authentic feelings. Simultaneously, Shaw argues that Spiritual love and authentic feelings are also characteristics of sublime (Shaw 2015, 2). Correspondingly, when describe non-literary objects and experiences; sublime should be used to describe beautiful and aesthetic objects or experiences according to Shaw’s claim. Shaw argues that in literary works, sublime should be related to romantic and beautiful. When being widened to the scope of non-literacy, Shaw’s claim on sublime is involved into romantic or beautiful non-literary objects.
Plumly argues that sublime should be relevant to spiritual enjoy, spiritual shock and elegant sense in literary works (Plumly 2014, 320). Plumly states that to show real sense of sublime, authors ought to put real sense and feeling into works (Plumly 2014, 320). Additionally, the literary works should be visionary dreariness, natural feeling and historical sense. For non-literary object, sublime should be in relation to visionary dreariness, shocking feelings and conquering powers.
Burke claims that sublime should be described as powerful caufe and fublime (Burke 1777, 96). Burke explains the concepts of beautiful and sublime from the respective of philosophical enquiry. Bruke analyzes that a great sublime or beautiful thing should be regarded as a manner of expreffion fcarcely ever used (Burke 1777, 97). Consequently, when involves into non-literary objects or experiences, in Burke’s argument, sublime should be linked tightly with philosophical speculative and thinking collision.
By combing my personal experience of the Windsor Castle and understanding of these theories, I argue that Plumly is right to exclude the non-literary from discussions of the sublime. On the one hand, through my feeling of experience of the Windsor Castle, I realize that sublime should be related to historical sense, supreme sense and solemn feeling. With large scale and heavy atmosphere, the Windsor Castle creates a sublime feeling. On the other hand, as claimed by Plumly, sublime should be combination of spiritual shock and external solemn. Non-literary objects that with large scale and shocking feeling could create feeling of sublime for people who experience them.
This essay talks about the concept of ‘sublime” in non-literary objects and experiences. Firstly, with the example of personal experience of the Windsor Castle, this essay states that sublime of non-literary objects and experiences should be relevant to conquering feeling and magnificent appearance. What’s more, this essay figures out that Plumly, Shaw and Burke have different understandings of sublime. In final, this essay argues that Plumly’s claim on sublime, which focuses on spiritual shock and solemn appearance conforms to my personal experience of the Windsor Castle.
Burke, Edmund. A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful. London: R. and J. Dodsley.
Plumly, Stanley. ‘The Intimate Sublime’, The Georgia Review, 58.2 (2004):318-322.
Shaw, Philip. ‘Wordsworth and the Sublime’, Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians. The British Library, Web.2 March 2015.