The Romantic Period
This paper examines the era of romantic literature and poetry as well as the common thread which binds various works of writing into a particular field of literature.
# 67257 | 2,912 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Jul 03, 2006 in English (Analysis) , History (European - 18th Century) , Literature (General)
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The writer of this paper contends that one of the most difficult questions to answer in the study of English literature is the method by which literary periods are defined. This paper attempts to define the romantic period in both literature and poetry as well as the metaphorical common thread which brought it all together. While the romantic period is a somewhat vague era, this paper presents a study of major poets over a particular period that describes how the evolution of one idea can came to define a period. This paper explores how two major leaders of the romantic movement, Wordsworth and Coleridge, were influenced by the events of French Revolution. When the course of the revolution soured and reality proved far different from the dream, so began an important school of writing. Their joint release of the "Lyrical Ballads" signaled this change. This paper also examines the writings of various poets and authors including Lucy Aikin, Percy Shelley and Anna Letitia Barbauld as well as the mitigating factors that influenced their writing.
From the Paper:"Shelley's poem "Ode to the West Wind" is a prime example of this shift in focus. In this poem, he hopes to sound the "trumpet of a prophecy." He believes that he has discovered the all-powerful force which exists in the universe. This "power", as he terms it, holds all in its sway. Power, like the West Wind, is an unchanging force in a changing universe. The wind holds dominion over the land, the sea, and the air. It disperses the leaves in the autumn, blows the clouds across the skies, and causes the waves to roll. The wind itself, however, is immutable. It has blown for all time, and will continue to do so. The point of Shelley's poem is that humans have attempted to usurp a power which they cannot. Humans believe they are the controlling force, and that is why society has degenerated. Only when submission to this higher power occurs, will real change be able to take place. Consequently, humans must learn to overcome their own egos in order to achieve a balance in the world."
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