Romantic Period Literatureheycan u guys pls help me out with romantic period?its history and characteristics ?contribution of the poets and authors during tht time....and about the romantic...

Romantic Period Literaturehey
can u guys pls help me out with romantic period?
its history and characteristics ?
contribution of the poets and authors during tht time....and about the romantic essay??
or can any 1 suggest me sum good sites??
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hannahshychuk eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Like all terms which attempt to define a period, "Romanticism" is quite large in its scope. Not only does it describe the literature from the late-18th to mid-19th centuries, but the politics, philosophy, and arts as well. "Romanticism" was originally derived from romances, which, perhaps negatively, were known for their extravagance and reliance upon emotion. In the late-18th/early 19th century, however, the term began to be used to describe the new artistic landscape, originating in Germany and spreading to Europe. As is the case with most, if not all, periods, describing all of the characteristics of the Romantic period is difficult, but some of its fundamentals include the following: a belief in man's inherent goodness, the importance of emotion/passion, the importance of the individual/the personal, a focus on man's interaction with nature/the natural and its connection to the spiritual world. Some of the more famous Romantic authors are Byron, Coleridge, and Shelley, but I think the quintessential expression of Romanticism can be seen in Wordsworth's preface to the second edition of Lyrical Ballads.

kmcappello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I think of romanticism in literature, I instantly think of the great poets from that time: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, etc..  These poets wrote about the beauty of the natural world and advocated a return to intuition and emotion following the logic-bound era of neoclassicism.  I like dstuva's statement that the romantic writers were like "rock stars."  There are definitely similarities between the two.  The romantics were rebellious, moody, and young.  Also, they were admired and celebrated like few poets are today.  The romantic period is also very idealistic in style.  Nature was seen as benevolent and pastoral rather than dangerous or hostile.  For the ultimate in romanticism, read Wordsworth, especially "Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey."  It is rich, nostalgic, full of feeling and natural imagery--all characteristic of the romantic movement.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In addition to the previous posts, you might note that Romanticism also produced Gothic literature.  Thus, writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelley used Gothic elements and style to promote Romantic ideology.

In regards to American Romantic literature, it is very similar to British Romanticism because it focuses on escaping the city, love or nature, feeling and imagination trumping logic and reason, and strict rhyme/structure for poetry.  American Romanticism is especially important because it ushered in the Idealistic Transcendental movement which, of course, left lasting effects on American philosophy and literature.

Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'll help you with a little background.  The romantic period, like all literary periods, is a reaction to what came before it.  Unlike most literary periods, though, it was an almost complete rejection of the immediate preceding period.  The romantics rejected nearly every idea from the enlightenment/neoclassical writers and artists.  It may be the most drastic reaction in literary history.  Think of it as rock-n-roll reacting to the "older" generation's music in the 1950's.  And the romantic writers in some ways were the rock stars of their day.  At least that's how we sometimes think of them today.

tammie68 | Student

can someone explain to me what the theme of nature in romantic literature is? 

swatidasani | Student

Thank you all of you for ur replies. Actually I have a project on the Romantic Period of british poetry. Please help me with suggestions of some books n websites for it.

Thanks once again.

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