Romantic Era Literature Essays

Essay on Romanticism In Literature

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Romanticism In Literature

Romanticism in literature, began around 1750 and lasted until 1870. Different from the classical ways of Neoclassical
Age(1660-1798), it relied on imagination, idealization of nature and freedom of thought and expression.

Two men who influenced the era with their writings were
William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, both English poets of the time. Their edition of “Lyrical Ballads';, stressed the importance of feeling and imagination. Thus in romantic
Literature the code was imagination over reason, emotion over logic, and finally intuition over science. All of these new ways discouraged and didn’t tolerate the more classic way of literature. Other significant writers of the…show more content…

References to this can be found in
“Ode to Evening'; by William Collins, and “Elegy Written in a
Country Churchyard'; by Thomas Gray.

With the freedom that Romanticism brought came the broadening of the writers horizons. The Middle Ages became topic of many stories and settings. The nostalgia of more Gothic times put more exotic ideas into the author’s minds. The supernatural became a substantial part of the literature.
Outcomes of this new idea were “Lines Written a Few Miles Above
Tintern Abbey';, by Wordsworth, and “The Castle of Otranto';, written by Horace Walpole.

The world of the supernatural and exoticness was reinforced by two main things. One was pure rebellion against the standards of the eighteenth-century rationalism, such as the structure of neoclassical society. The second was the rediscovery of folk tales and ballads, particularly the ones collected by Facob and Wilhelm Karl Grimm, also know as the Brothers Grimm.
These gave an inspiration to write many of the pieces of a supernatural nature for the writers of the Romantic Age.

The Romantic Age started to lose it’s glitter by the middle of the nineteenth-century. Literature started to get serious again focusing on issues such as problems of religion and faith and politics of the English democracy. Now instead of journeying to mythical places through the reading people

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The Romantic Period Essay

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The Romantic Period

The Romantic Period began in the mid-eighteenth century and extended into the

nineteenth century. Romanticism was about creative thinking, “thinking outside the box”,

completely contradicting Neoclassicism, which was about straight forward thinking,

“thinking inside the box”. It was a philosophical movement that redefined the

fundamental ways of what people thought about themselves and the world around them.

The Romantic period overlapped with the “age of revolution”, which included the

American (1776) and the French (1789) revolutions. This was a time of change, where

new skeptical ideas were “in” and old traditional ones were “out”. In romanticism poetry

came new concepts, like the…show more content…

In the first stanza he

uses a wide range of imagery to create a visual image of an autumn


“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, / Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; / Conspiring with him how to load and bless / With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; / To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, / And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; / To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells / With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, / And still more, later flowers for the bees, / Until they think warm days will never cease, / For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells,”(line 1-11).

William Blake’s writing style in the poem, “The Lamb”, creates a mood that allows the

reader when reading poem to picture a little fluffy white lamb playing in a green

meadow. In the lines, “Give thee such a tender voice, / Making all the vales rejoice?”(line

7-8), Blake puts the reader in a sort of melancholy mood as if they could actually hear the

lamb’s beautiful voice. The poem, “Daffodils”, by William Wordsworth creates mental

images for the reader through his use of similes and personification. In the first line, “I

wandered lonely as a cloud”, Wordsworth presents a simile comparing himself to a cloud.

This gives the

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