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Transcript of ROMANTICISM
"Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"No man was ever yet a great poet, without at some time being a profound philosopher."
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite
A literary, musical, artistic, and intellectual movement of 18th century characterized by an emphasis on emotion, nature, freedom, and the supernatural.
Emphasizes nobility and pathos of the common man:
peasants, the poor, the "unimportant" in society.
Previously, literature told the stories of kings, wealthy, upper class, etc. Romantics liked to see kings toppled.
Romanticism reveals faith in the transforming power of imagination
The mind is
Nature is pure, restorative, awe inspiring, and fires the imagination. Natural occurances reflect and may influence human events.
The humble rustic life is lived in harmony
with nature, uncorrupted by the world of
Uncorrupted, loving, and peaceful.
In harmony with life and nature.
Children were also believed to have these same attributes.
Feelings of the individual are freely expressed.
Romanticism encourages an overflow of feeling.
Moves away from ideals of "The Age of Reason."
AGE OF REASON
Lord Byron (George Gordon)
"Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to tread"
The "Byronic Hero"
Modeled after Lord Byron himself, the Byronic hero is one who is dark and rebellious, usually with a troubled past or physical or mental ailment.
Percy Bysse Shelley
"Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought"
“Death is the veil which those who live call life;
They sleep, and it is lifted.”
- Prometheus Unbound
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
"Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world."
"If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results."
(which Bronte wrote under a fake boy's name).
"But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
The sublime is a state in which beauty is coupled with awe and terror. The sublime affects the viewer or reader on a deep, visceral level.
For example, Mt. Rainer just outside of Seattle, WA is a stunning example of natural beauty that also happens to be an active volcano that will violently erupt within the next hundred years. In its presence the viewer is filled with both fear and admiration.
"Liberty Leading the People" - Eugene Delacroix
FREEDOM FROM AUTHORITY
Resists authority from government, society , and church. Individuals live a life, which is true to themselves.