Essay On Romanticism In The 19th Century

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The 19th century (1801–1900) was a period in history marked by the collapse of Old World empires and the coming of the Age of Revolutions. This paved the way for the growing influence of the British Empire, the German Empire and the United States, spurring military conflicts but also advances in science and exploration.
After the defeat of the French Empire and its allies in the Napoleonic Wars, the British Empire became the world 's leading power, controlling one quarter of the world 's population and one fifth of the total land area. It enforced a Pax Britannica, encouraged trade, and battled rampant piracy. The 19th century was an era of invention and discovery, with significant developments in the fields of mathematics, physics,
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Romanticism started in England around 1798. The poets in England started writing about nature, imagination, innocence, idealism, and youth. Many poets started to write because of the changes taking place in England during the revolutionary age. The poets during that time became sick of the changes and began to write things about imagination; trying to capture the minds of the readers. Because of these poets people became more aware of their natural surrounds. Though the nation became poor and in poverty the people within that time were helped with the poetry. It made them more imaginative and possibly less aware of there…show more content…
It included paintings, architecture and sculpture.
The characteristcs of the romanticism are the following::
Interest in the common man and childhood: Romantics believed in the natural goodness of humans which is hindered 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.
Strong senses, emotions, and feelings: Romantics believed that knowledge is gained through intuition rather than deduction. This is best summed up by Wordsworth who stated that “all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”
Fear of nature: Romantics stressed the awe of nature in art and language and the experience of sublimity through a connection with nature. Romantics rejected the rationalization of nature by the previous thinkers of the Enlightenment
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