Romanticism Analytical Essay by EMMZ04

An examination of the theme of nature in Romantic poetry.
# 24056 | 2,585 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | GB
Published on Apr 15, 2003 in History (European) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses romanticism, a term given to a European wide movement in the arts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in revolt against the neo-classicism of the previous centuries. It focuses on the theme of nature, one of four main themes in romanticism and how nature is associated with ideas about psychology, pleasure and health, morality and the divine. It reviews William Wordsworth's lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey, with an emphasis on how the poet describes nature and uses it to express deeper feelings and meaning.

From the Paper:

"In the poem, Wordsworth is writing of an ordinary event that he thought worthy of recording and the experience he is describing is something everyone can relate to, not just a privileged few. This poem is seen as being Wordsworth's first great statement of his principle idea that the memory of interaction with nature in childhood, works on the mind even in adulthood when access to that interaction is lost. Wordsworth strongly believed that childhood experiences affected the adult mind and in this poem he almost mourns the loss of his youth and realizes that as adults we lose some of the innocent perceptions of childhood. He also realizes that we make up for that loss by gaining an increased maturity of mind, and the ability to see a greater importance of nature and its relationship with humanity."

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