Romanticism In The 18th Century

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Romanticism refers to various movements in language, art, and literature that originated in the late 18th Century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity and the primacy of the individual. It does not refer to the usual relations of romantics that involve suggestion of romance and love feeling. The artistic and intellectual movement spread across Western Europe countries while the attitude towards the movement differed from one country to another. Romanticism was adopted by the 18th Century poets such as William Blake and William Wordsworth. (Barth 19, 21) Romanticism era was dated between 1750 to 1850, an era that saw the political revolutions in France and the United States. The era was also characterized by the social change emanating from…show more content…
The poets looked for the inspiration they got from the symbolic language of nature. Romanticists were delighted and influenced by particular individual figures who had the power within the society such as Napoleon, Goethe’s Faust, Peter the Great, and Melvin Ahab. Such individuals were highly valued by the romanticists since their acts were heroic. Romanticism had a complex and a significant effect on the political landscape. It also had a major impact on the nationalism growth since the period was characterized by radicalization and liberalism.…show more content…
It is also difficult to categorize the poem since it contains elements of the code and dramatic monolog. There is also an apostrophe at the beginning of the poem, therefore, showing it as a product of the 18th Century poetry. It is now agreed that the best designation of the ode is a conversation poem that is an organic development of the loco-descriptive. The poem illustrates Wordsworth sister as the silent listener in the poem as she is addressed in the final sections of the verse. Poetry before the time of Wood worth employed a lot of philosophical and intellectual engagements. (Stephen 70) The history of William Wordsworth has helped in understanding the poem by firstly knowing that his sister Dorothy was the silent listener mentioned at the end of the poem. It is also important in understanding how the poem was composed and the various situations showing communion with nature. His historical background also shows that he was a Romanticist and together with another composer it gave Wordsworth the ability to grow further in poetry.
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