What is Romanticism? Research Paper

What is Romanticism?
A research paper on the era of romanticism.
# 154222 | 899 words | 2 sources | 2013 | US
Published on Sep 24, 2015 in Literature (American)


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"Romanticism was an era and artistic movement and literary genre of the late 18th century. It had a heavy influence and concentration on the visual arts, music and literature. It was mostly characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual's expression of emotion and imagination, departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism, and rebellion against established social rules and conventions.
"Romanticism is well-known for heavy concentration on the emotions. The work is usually quite emotional and deep. It contains simple, yet vibrant and descriptive language. It was kept simple because it was for common people, had a sense of democracy in some cases, referred to an exotic location, had an element of the supernatural. Some good examples are William Blake, with his songs of innocence and experience during and after the French revolution, William Wordsworth, who focuses on nature in his works, and Samuel Coleridge who focuses on the supernatural.
"There are many characteristics of Romanticism. Some of these characteristics include an interest in the child and the common man, strong senses and emotions, and feelings, an awe of celebration and love for nature, the celebration of the individual and individuality, and the importance of imagination. Romantics believed in the natural goodness of humans which is delayed by the urban life of civilization. They believed that the savage is noble, childhood is good and the emotions inspired by both beliefs causes the heart to soar. Romantics also believed that knowledge is gained through intuition rather than deduction. I think this thought could best be described up by Wordsworth. He stated that "all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 1963)."

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