Can u write an outline " i.e.the main points" about the Romantic Background/period..
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- The height of the Romantic period was during the 18th century - 1701 to 1800, more or less.
- Romanticism was a broad-spectrum movement across the arts - literature, art, music, etc.
- Romanticism was a philosophy opposed to the scientific, rational ideas of the Age of Enlightment.
- Romanticism valued emotion over reason.
- Romantic writing, art, music, etc. was therefore much more dramatic and less controlled - horror stories, gothic novels, imagination, focus on the exotic and unusual, impromptu music - were all earmarks of Romanticism.
- Creativity was valued, heroes were larger than life.
- Both the American and French Revolutions took place during this period - revolutionary ideals were emphasized over rational thoughts.
- Nature was celebrated; philosophy was idealistic; emphasis was put on the individual; fantasy was important; feelings and emotions were celebrated rather than stifled.
- Romantic composers were Beethovan, Chopin, Wagner; artists were those like Goya who led the way into symbolism and impressionism; writers were those like Goethe, Wordsworth, Mary Shelly and Emily Bronte, who focused on nature, emotion, love and fear.
- American Romantic writers included Emily Dickinson, Emerson, Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Longfellow, Melville, Poe, Thoreau, Whitman.
Read about the Romantic movement in literature here on enotes.