The Romantic Era Analytical Essay by writingsensation

The Romantic Era
An evaluation of the writers and poetry of the Romantic era in English literature.
# 67937 | 1,950 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jul 25, 2006 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper studies the Romantic period in English literature, from 1798 to 1832. The paper evaluates the lyrical ballads of Sir William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which were published at the turn of the 19th century. The paper first analyzes William Wordsworth's poems "Expostulation and Reply" and "The Tables Turned", to demonstrate how the Romantic poets turned to nature as their schoolroom and derived life's lessons from nature. Next, the paper examines three Coleridge poems: "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan" and "Christabel". The paper explains that each of these poems demonstrates the juxtaposition between nature and the sub-conscious, particularly the dream-state.

From the Paper:

"The old regime in England took its stand in the face of revolutionary fervor based on the American and French Revolutions. For those who sympathized with the Revolution, they needed a new revolution directed against reason and toward something else, and that "something else" was imagination (Adams 363). Romanticism was a movement marked by a shift in feeling, a shift in sensibility, as well as a new concept of man's relation to the natural order and to Nature in particular. As with most movements, the perception that a group of poets exhibited this sort of shift in sensibility is something imposed after the fact by critics reading the works of Keats, Coleridge, and Wordsworth, among others, and finding that many of their sentiments and responses demonstrate a similarity in outlook different from the previous age. Romanticism was marked by certain attitudes, among them the following: 1) a growing interest in Nature and in the natural, primitive, and uncivilized manifestations of Nature; 2) a growing interest in scenery; 3) an association of human moods with the "moods" of Nature, leading to a subjective feeling for it and interpretation of it; 4) an emphasis on natural religion; 5) an emphasis on the need for spontaneity in thought and action and in the expression of thought; 6) more importance given to natural genius and the power of the imagination; 7) a tendency to exalt the individual and his or her needs and an emphasis on the need for a freer and more personal expression; and 8) the cult of the Noble Savage (Cuddon 814-815)."

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