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Transcript of Romanticism
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Feelings of the individual are freely expressed.
Romanticism encourages an overflow of feeling.
( Moves away from ideals of "TheAge of Reason")
Focuses on gothic images, death, the occult, spiritual elements,magic.
"Exuberance is beauty."
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
"Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past."
"People of humor are always in
some degree people of genius."
"A slavish bondage to parents
cramps every faculty of the mind."
Come forth into the light of things,
let nature be your teacher.
"Here lies one whose name was writ in water. "
Edgar Allen Poe
"I wish I could write
as mysterious as a cat."
The humble rustic life is lived in harmony
uncorrupted by the world of man
Romanticism reveals faith in the transforming
power of imagination
the mind is inspired by nature
In harmony with life
Emphasizes nobility and
pathos of the common
man, ie, peasants, the poor,"unimportant" in society.
Previously, literature told the stories of kings, wealthy,upper classes,etc.
(Children, also, were considered
to have these same attributes.)
Resists authority of
church. Individuals live
a life true to themselves.
A literary, musical, artistic, and
intellectual movement of the
18th century characterized by an emphasis on emotion, nature, freedom, and the supernatural.
Nature is pure, restorative, awe-inspiring, and fires the imagination.
Natural occurences reflect and may
influence human events.
(not British, but still cool.)
And romantic. )
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