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rb9570cat98 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 11, 2011 at 1:33 PM via web

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What is the importance of biographical details in understanding the creative efforts of Romantic artists?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 12, 2011 at 12:18 AM (Answer #1)

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Given that the Romantic movement placed such an importance on the articulation of self, Romanticism demands that one understand biographical details.  In order to fully appreciate the impact of the Romantic work samples, personal biographical details become important.  Unlike their predecessors, Romantic artists did not see a distinction between artist and art.  There is no division between the construction of work and the individual who constructs it.  In this light, the Romantic artist injected themselves into the work.  For example, when reading Wordsworth's poem, "The Solitary Reaper," the speaker in the poem is presumably Wordsworth.  It makes sense because of the personalized nature of the work samples.  The strong and zealous embrace of the personal subjective makes understanding the biography of Romantic artists extremely important in grasping the full force of Romanticist art.

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