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Romanticism

Background

Romanticism is the name given to a dominant movement in literature and the other arts – particularly music and painting – in the the period from the 1770s to the mid-nineteenth century:


Reaction to earlier age

Like many other literary movements, it developed in reaction to the dominant style of the preceding period:


Main features

Central features of Romanticism include:

Some authors have been regarded as pre-Romantic:

The first generation of Romantics is also known as the Lake Poets because of their attachment to the Lake District in the north-west of England:

The second generation of Romantic poets included:

The poets named so far are those who, for many years, dominated the Romantic canon – that group of writers whose works were most commonly republished, read, anthologised, written about and taught in schools, colleges and universities.

More recently, however, a revised Romantic canon has begun to emerge, which lays more emphasis on women, working-class and politically radical writers of the period:

In English Literature, it denotes a period between 1785-1830, when the previous classical or enlightenment traditions and values were overthrown, and a freer, more individual mode of writing emerged.
The quality of being able to make a judgment by looking impartially at evidence and facts, unaffected by personal feelings or opinions.
Literally, one who makes.
The image of God on his throne in heaven surrounded by his angels and ministers to whom he makes announcements and where he may be petitioned.
Name originally given to disciples of Jesus by outsiders and gradually adopted by the Early Church.
A person who denies or disbelieves the existence of God.
A belief that God, or the divine, exists in the whole of nature or creation as a holy life-force.
Belonging to the Middle Ages.
Each culture and belief-system has its own set of explanations and stories which deal with the creation of the world; the way the universe is upheld; the way God, or the gods, deal with humans; and how the particular culture or belief was founded.
(1775-1850) He was born in the Lake District and was one of the leading Romantic poets.
(1772-1834) Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a poet, critic and philosopher and as a close friend of William Wordsworth was associated with the earliest phase of poetic Romanticism.
Byron, George Gordon (1788-1824) was one of the leading Romantic poets whose scandalous personal life brought him as much notoriety as his poetry brought him fame.
(63BC to 14AD) The first Emperor of the Roman Empire from 27BC to 14AD, after his great-uncle Gaius Julius Caesar adopted him posthumously.