Romantic Literary Criticism

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How significantly did religion influence Romantic literature, especially in poetry?

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There is a lot of religious imagery present in poems and literature of the romantic period, so I would argue that religion was important.  However, there are plenty of poems that seem to reinterpret or understand religion, such as Blake's "Tyger" and "Lamb" poems.

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Much of religion's importance in Romantic poetry depends on the poet or writer, but for the most part, religious beliefs, particularly those related to Christianity, figured importantly in literature from the Romantic era.  Take for example, William Blake's poetry like "The Tyger" or "The Lamb."  Both poems call intensely focus on Creation and God's role as Creator in the natural world. 

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