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Romantic Poetry

An introduction to some of the ideas, philosophies and poetry of the Romantic Period

Leo Norman

on 3 October 2016

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Transcript of Romantic Poetry

The Romantic Poets
" he great instrument for the moral good is the imagination"
Imagination vs. Reason
The artist's feeling is his law
Poetry is... "the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings"
'"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"
Caspar David Friedrich
William Wordsworth
John Keats
Reason equated to logic. It made sense of things and helped us work out how things worked.
Imagination was creative. It created truth and beauty from the inspiration of the world. If the world was essentially good and beautiful then why did we need reason to make sense of it?
ime period?
The first phase
The second phase
Key influences
French revolution 1789
Reaction against The Age of Enlightenment
Criticism of religion
Industrial revolution
Rejection of past values
Focus on nature and the picturesque
Key influences
More radical continuation of the first phase
More personal, often more political ideology
Key poets of this stage:
Key poets of this stage:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: ‘’Man is born free and is everywhere in chains’’.
oetic features
What did Romantic poems actually look like?
What might we see in the poems?
personal voice
importance of the poet
blank verse
Fresher, less stylized language
emphasis on
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
Things to look for
I wander through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear:

How the chimney-sweeper's cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down palace-walls.

But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot's curse
Blasts the new-born infant's tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.
What issues might we see?

against monarchs, political parties
values the poor over the rich
against organised religion
Anti-establishment views
Nature valued
Modern society questioned
London - William Blake
Who was William Blake?
Blake was an English poet, printer and painter.

He was an eccentric figure, known for wandering naked and seeing angels. He claimed to have seen visions from the age of 4.

He was influenced by the French and American revolutions.
He was a revolutionary himself and took part in a riot that attacked Newgate Prison and released the prisoners inside.

His work is highly religious and reverent of the Bible but critical of orgnanised religion - particularly the church of England.

He was also a humanist who believes that mankind is essentially good but that the governments, laws and systems of our lives limit us and take away the beauty of our innocence.
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