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Transcript of Romantic Literature
Several historians have questioned the sobriety of Romantic poets. They theorize that the poets achieved a more abstract perspective by using drugs, namely opium.
Percy Shelley writes about the substance "dampening his nerves" and "harmonizing his body with his mind". Thomas De Quincey also recorded some of his his encounters with the drug in his best known work, Confessions of an English Opium Eater.
One major legacy of Romanticism is the Nationalism movement. Ideas developed in literature around the importance of cultural traditions were soon used to define the societies of the time.
Much of Romantic literature's roots come from James Macpherson's Ossian series of poems. They were critically acclaimed by world leaders such as Napoleon and Thomas Jefferson. The poems were compared to Homer's, and sparked a new era of poetry.
This inspired the later works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, was was even said to have caused Thomas Gray to have "gone mad".
by Mitchell Sleeman
Romanticism gave literature a new perspective. It contrasted the rational-thinking Enlightenment techniques with emotion, personalization and a focus on human psychology.