Discuss your thoughts on the following statement:  "The English Romantic Movement is overwhelmingly a poetic one."

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

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I think that the statement is fairly valid.  It is so difficult to argue against the presence and importance of the poetry in the Romantic movement.  The Romantic artists like Wordsworth, Keats, Blake, Coleridge, Percy Shelley, and Byron all focused on the domain of poetry.  They believed that poetry was the "spontaneous overflow of emotions," and in doing so, their fundamental ideas were lucidly expressed through the poetry genre.  Yet, with that in mind, I think that it is important to not overlook the contributions of the novel to Romanticism.  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Austen's Pride and Prejudice were two of many novels that contributed to the understanding of Romanticism.  Both works were able to take many of the ideas in Romantic poetry and apply them to the domain of the novel and develop meaning through this format.  They helped to enhance the understanding of Romanticism and the meaning of the movement.  Poetry had its place in the Romantic movement, but it is as important to make sure that the contributions of art, music, and the novel are also a part of the Romantic movement.

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