The Era of Romanticism: Following the Age of Reason, it took upon itself methods to explore true meanings of things absent logic, as with finding true beauty in nature.
April The Romantic movement—a movement which encompassed art, literature, and philosophy—began in Europe in the end of the Eighteenth Century and extended to the mid- Nineteenth Century.
It rejected the ideals of the French Enlightenment: The romanticists returned to a tradition based more upon feeling than thought. Their works embraced the natural world and natural human emotions. In this movement, they found their national spirit.
Nationalism did not embrace everyone as a large human family, but broke people down into categories. This national pride eventually would cause much grief and war across the world, in Europe especially. Romanticism thus was not necessarily good for the development of culture, but it produced great art.
William Wordsworth was a leader of the literary movement of Romanticism. Bradley records that "Wordsworth was first and foremost a philosophical thinker, a man whose intention and purpose it was to think out for himself, faithfully and seriously, the questions concerning man and nature and human life.
July 13,is a stunning example of his contribution to Romanticism. This poem shows quintessential Wordsworth, revelling in the beauty of nature.
Romanticism was a direct response to the Industrial Revolution, which began in about 1 A. Atlantic, At this time, goods began to be produced en masse, eliminating the personal touch from many objects.
Factories also belched black smog into the atmosphere, damaging the environment. Wordsworth and other romantic writers—such as Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, and the Schlegel brothers in Germany—nostalgically longed for a time past, when the world was more sensitive and superstitious.
He bemoans the length he has been away from Tintern Abbey: Anyone can relate to these ideas. InWordsworth met Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and three years later they published a seminal work in the Romantic canon, Lyrical Ballads.
In this volume, Wordsworth also wrote the manifesto of what romantic poetry should be about: Other romanticists caught the spirit. These men are largely responsible for nationalism. Spain had just been invaded by Napoleon, and De Goya portrays the cruel French soldiers massacring poor Spanish peasants.
One peasant is portrayed in a smock which is white—the color of purity—holding up his arms as if in a Christlike pose.
This painting would stir the blood of any Spanish patriot who looked upon it. Cambridge University Press,5. The feeling from seeing something sublime cannot be easily replicated.
It radiates because of the horrid imagery before it. He saw that man can temporarily destroy nature, but nature will always come back and win.
To see such a stunning victory over his species must have been a sublime experience which affected his work profoundly.
For thou are with me, here, upon the banks of this fair river; thou, my dearest Friend, my dear, dear Friend. In their poetry and their very lives, these writers and artists wanted to create something new. An offshoot of Romanticism was Transcendentalism, with writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who had an intimate relationship with nature.
Just like their brothers across the Atlantic, the Transcendentalists were repulsed by the growing industrialization of society, and the artificiality of the world around them.
Wordsworth did not spend a year in the woods, but he reconnected to nature in his own way. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England and grew up near the beautiful river Cocker.
At a young age he felt strong patriotism for his native land. Other poets introduced other themes, like imagination, into the Romantic genre, whereas Wordsworth stuck closely to the theme of nature. July 13, suggests to us that this will be a poem dripping in emotion.
It is like real food, which, invariably, must come from nature at some point along its process of being processed. His poem thus speaks of something real.
He wrote in iambic pentameter; the steady cadence of this meter mirrors the beating of the human heart. Consider, for example, these lines: The steady cadence strikes a deep chord within the soul.In England however, it was William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's book of poetry, Lyrical Ballads, in that established the mark of European Romanticism on the British Isles.
From this small volume, the criteria for Romantic writing . William Blake (born on November 28, in London's West End) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker.
He was one of the greatest poets of the Romantic era. In Wordsworth’s poetry, childhood is a magical, magnificent time of innocence. Children form an intense bond with nature, so much so that they appear to be a part of the natural world, rather than a part of the human, social world.
William Wordsworth is respected as the founder of Romanticism in English literature. sparkling waterfalls and 1.
For better understanding of the causes which led to the birth of Romanticism as an important cultural and social movement it is necessary to acquaint with the historical and social context.
mountains. Samuel Taylor Coleridge Collection at the Victoria University Library, contain manuscripts, papers and printed books belonging to Coleridge and others of his circle, including Wordsworth, Southey and Lamb. Romanticism in English literature began in the s with the publication of the Lyrical Ballads of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Wordsworth’s “Preface” to the second edition () of Lyrical Ballads, in which he described poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,” became the manifesto of the English .