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Transcript of Romantic Period
1789 - French Revolution Begins
1793- France Declares war on Great Britain
1807- Napolean takes power in France
1812- War of 1812 with United States
1832- Parlimentry reforms in Great Britain http://www.angelfire.com/ga3/britlitperiods/romantic2.html Changes In Mindset http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caspar_David_Friedrich_032.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix_-_La_libert%C3%A9_guidant_le_peuple.jpg The Romantic Era moved away from the strict laws and promoted artistic freedom, experimentation, and creativity.
Focused on imagination and naturalness opposed to reason and artifice of the eighteenth century.
Poets rejected the works of the previous century, they embraced poetry of personal experiences and emotions.
They rejected the industrial age they lived in and wrote of a more beautiful place.
They believed in individual liberty and supported those who rebelled agains tyranny.
They thought nature was transformative. http://www.docstoc.com/docs/61194127/The-half-dream-in-British-Romantic-literature Artistic and Literary Trends British romantic writers generally wrote about nature.
They used common language to explore the significance of commonplace subjects, the beauty of nature, and the power of human imagination.
They were fascinated by the ways nature and the human mind act upon eachother.
They wrote more metaphorically, which sounded more like common language and not as eloquent as previous poetry. Sources Images of the Era The Sleeping Princess
Sir Edward Burne-Jones
19th Century Bedlam Furnace
Paul Sandby Munn
1803 Third of May
1803 Liberty Leading the People
1830 Storming of the Bastille
Artist Unknown Ozymandias Summary:
The person talks about a traveler from an old far away land who tells him about some ruins
of an ancient statue he found. The statues face showed a “sneer” line 5, meaning that its
subject thought he was better than everyone else. “The hand that mocked them and the
heart that fed.” line 8, is saying that even though he ridiculed them he also had a heart to
feed and take care of them. But in the end the great ruler, the “king of kings” line 10. Theme:
Nothing, no matter how great, can stand the test of time. The Romantic Era is shown by how an individual like Ozymandias can be so powerful that his influence has lasted the ages, although most of the city and statue has been destroyed by nature. The Chimney Sweep Summary:
The narrator is a chimney sweep that was “sold” as a child by
his father. Tom Dacre, his friend, has a hard time dealing with
the hardships of being a child chimney sweep. He has a dream
in which he and his fellow young chimney sweeps are set free
from coffins by an angel. The angel then tells Tom that if he is
a good boy and accepts God as his father, he will “never want
joy.” He continues his chimney sweep duties more happily
and without complaint. In the second section of the poem,
some strangers find a young chimney sweep laying in the
snow. He tells them that his parents are at the Church
praying to “God and his priest and king, who make up a
heaven of our misery. Theme:
Those who allow children to be chimney sweeps are hypocrites. Knowledge comes with experience. The poem is written about common laborers and written in simplistic language. This focuses on the common people rather than aristocrats, which is common in Romantic writing. Also, the poem is a two-part statement against child labor, which was common in England during this era. The first portion of the poem is about the children’s innocence and the second is about what they come to realize about society through their experience. The poem focuses on the emotions of the chimney sweeps as they grow up. The World Is Too Much With Us Summary:
Wordsworth starts by saying that we have lost the ability to see anything
in nature that is truly ours. We waste our powers as we are not yet
connected to nature, we do not understand its complete beauty nor know
fully of the power it beholds.
Theme: Humans must be in touch with nature to advance spiritually.
This poem exemplifies the Romantic Period because it talks of nature and how it is important for the growth of the individual. It is also written in basic language that isn’t hard to comprehend.