The English Romantic Era

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The English Romantic Period and It’s Politics The Romantic era was one full of promise, imagination, inquisitiveness and advancement. This era marked a time period of literary, musical, artistic and intellectual developments as things and ideals began to rapidly change. With Romanticism, a new emphasis on the emotional and on imaginative spontaneity was rushed in. Feelings and the importance of expressing oneself were exemplified, and the simple capacity for wonder had greatly increased. Lastly, a realization of the caste systems and hierarchies was realized, as beggars, the prostitutes, the child laborers and the impoverished were finally recognized, and genuine concern and interest was stirred up for the well-being of ALL people. With the…show more content…
During the Romantic era there was a deep outcry for civil rights and for women’s rights. Wollstonecraft responded to the cry of women wanting to be heard with her prominent essay titled, A Vindication of the Rights of Women in the year 1792. This essay sought to redefine women and change the social standards of the time period while also addressing women’s education, the explicit disrespect of the female body and the lack of basic human rights in general. However, women’s rights and protection of children in the workplace were not the only two social issues that writers were responding to in this time period, but so was the issue of slavery. Although slavery was finally abolished in England in the year 1834, there was much controversy, multiple uprisings and countless political debates leading up to that point that impacted the topics and the way that writers of the Romantic period expressed themselves. Three poets that captured the issue of slavery in their works were, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. These three poets often utilized slavery as a means to oppose and fight against tyranny while also advocating for economic reform, which is all very consistent with the rebellious nature of the Romantic time period. “William Blake created a number of plates for Stedman, which forced the viewer to see images of slaves in juxtaposition with similar pictures of English people, questioning the relationships and differences between the two races. Coleridge’s poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” questions the relationships between English guilt, disease, and the slave trade. And William Wordsworth’s poems “To Toussaint L’Ouverture” & “The Mad Mother” display people associated with slavery in order to instill empathy within the reader,” (Romantic Politics). As one can infer, the politics and the
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