What are some Neo- Classical and Romantic Philosophies? what are some Neo- Classical and Romantic cause and effects?theirs a powerpoint i have to make for english 4and i have to find what both...

What are some Neo- Classical and Romantic Philosophies?

what are some Neo- Classical and Romantic cause and effects?

theirs a powerpoint i have to make for english 4and i have to find what both periods belief,values, philosophies, cause and effects,and examples of literature. and compare then to my period. and im stock in philosophies and in cause and effects.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Sounds like you're in the process of making a great Powerpoint.  Concerning your question about the neoclassical and the romantic, I'm not completely sure what you mean by causes and effects.  The question is also really at least four questions in one.  You might want to place it on the discussion board to get everything you're asking answered.

That said, I'll answer what I can to get you started.  The neoclassical period is somewhat synonymous with the Age of Enlightenment.  Quoting from The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, the philosophy involved consists of:

...a preference for rationality, clarity, restraint, order, and decorum, and for general truths rather than particular insights.

The preference for general truths mentioned above led to an interest in "the big picture," just to elaborate on one of the preferences mentioned.  Think Rousseau or Swift. 

Romanticism reacted against most of this (is this what you mean by causes and effects?).  Think transcendentalism (in the U.S., Emerson and Thoreau).  The romantics emphasized the personal, self-expression, imagination, creativity.  Instead of imitating the classics as neoclassicism sought to do, Romanticism sought the revolutionary.

Finally, this is not my area but romanticism is considered to be a forerunner of surrealism and expressionism, if that helps.

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

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I think that your presentation will be much stronger in discussing the reflections of Neo- Classical philosophies and Romantic Philosophies.  I think that starting with the NeoClassicists would represent a good starting point.  In this frame, discussing their view towards poetry and art would be effective.  One of the values that underscored such creation was the notion of perfectibility and that through rational analysis, individual thought, and the process of reason, perfection can be identified.  The perfect verse, the perfect note, the perfect vision could all be realized.  Showing this through the art of the time period as well as the poetry of Neoclassicists might be effective.  The next step would be to identify the beliefs and aesthetics of the Romantics.  Highlighting the art and poetry of Blake might be a good step in this process as his visions would represent the essence of Romantic individuality and the opposing viewpoint to the Neoclassicists.  In being able to show expressions of both Romanticism and what preceded it, the presentation will have the look and feel of an effective survey of both movements.

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