The Role Of Nature And Nature In Romanticism

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Nature is one of the most important themes in Romanticism; it has been discussed by a large number of poets. Not just only the idea of the natural world verses the real world, but also nature and its sublimity. The concept of sublimity started many years before the emergence of Romanticism as a movement, and the Romantic poets used what they already knew of the sublime, added to it and discussed its relation with nature in their poems. The idea of the sublime was first introduced by the Greek rhetoric and critic Longinus in his treatise On the Sublime, which was written about the first or third century A.D. interestingly, in this treatise, he combines the philosophy of speculation about poetry 's powers of provoking and elevating the reader. In addition, practical suggestions about the grammatical constructions, as well as, figures of speech that adds up to the sublime writing. According to Longinus, the sublime is defined as "a loftiness and excellence in language." He also sees it is important that a writer should aim to arouse the reader 's ecstasy, as well as, to make him/her reacts as the writer desires. Moreover, he refers that Sublimity may be the result of using some words to concentrate on a specific subject, or the development of an idea. It is suggested that the use of words is more powerful. Later, an Irish thinker, politician, and philosopher, Edmund Burke, came up with other definition to the sublime. In his treatise on
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