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2 It’s about more than a feeling…!

3 Literary Highlights Wordsworth and Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Thus starting the Romantic Era. Romanticism arises as a response to social and economic changes caused by the Industrial Revolution. Keats, Byron, and Shelley write their greatest poems in the early nineteenth century.

4 Included both Coleridge’s long narrative The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Wordsworth’s “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey.” Both poems are now among the most important poems in English literature. Represented “a new kind of poetry”— spontaneous, emotional, self-revealing poems written in simple language about commonplace subjects. Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems

5 Literature of the Times The Romantic poetsRomantic poets were dedicated to political and social change believed in the power of literature thought imagination—not reason—was the best response to forces of change created private, spontaneous lyric poetry

6 Some Romantic Poets But to the eyes of the man of imagination nature is imagination itself. As a man is, so he sees.... To me this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination. —William Blake George Gordon, Lord Byron John Keats William Blake Percy Bysshe Shelley

7 Literature of the Times Romantic literature was dominated by poetry. Romantics thought poets were extraordinary people, necessary to humanity and society. Keats called poets “physicians,” Blake called them teachers, and Shelley thought they were the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” The novel also thrived, however. Key novelists included Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth, and Sir Walter Scott.

8 Comprehension Check What new values and responses to change did the Romantic poets offer? Key Concept: [End of Section]

9 History of the Times Swelling urban populations create desperate living conditions. England is the first nation to experience the effects of the Industrial Revolution.Industrial Revolution The era’s misery and poverty are justified by an economic policy called laissez faire.laissez faire

10 Industrial Revolution Production moves from homes to factories in the cities. Communal land is taken over by individuals. Landless poor migrate to cities for work. Machines work many times faster than human beings.

11 Comprehension Check How did Gothic literature provide readers and writers in the Romantic period a new way to deal with the political and social upheavals around them? Key Concept: [End of Section]

12 Your Turn Compose a brief description of Romantic writing. The Romantic Period: 1798–1832 Introduction to the Literary Period [End of Section] Consider using the following words in your description. literary devicespontaneous inherent emotion overflow form and/or function

13 Spread of democratic ideals through the American and French Revolutions and disillusionment after failure of French Revolution Reactions against harsh living and working conditions created for urban poor by the Industrial Revolution Fascination with nature and country life, which seemed a blissful retreat from city slums Influences on Romantic Poetry

14 Invited readers to feel power and passion A New Focus in Poetry Romantic Period Restoration Era Order had just been restored. Society needed social change. Poets celebrated order, hierarchy, and enlightened rule. Poets wrote about personal feelings, supported individual rights, and used everyday language. Tried to capture personal experience

15 Romantic comes from the word romance. A medieval romance is a tale of high adventure that idealizes knightly virtues and has supernatural elements. Romantic writers used elements of romance to go beyond Restoration Era formality and explore psychological and mysterious aspects of human experience. A New Focus in Poetry

16 Romantic poets wrote about personal experiences and emotions, often using simple language embraced imagination and naturalness instead of reason and artifice saw nature as transformative; focused on the ways nature and the human mind mirrored each other’s creative properties Percy Bysshe Shelley A New Focus in Poetry

17 Many say the Romantic movement began in 1798 when Wordsworth and Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads. Imagination: The Inspired Guide The Romantics are often considered nature poets. However, they are really “mind poets” who sought to understand the bond between humans and the world of the senses.

18 The Romantics saw imagination as the link between mind and nature. To them, imaginative experi- ences were especially moving, perhaps superior to human reasoning. The mysterious forces of Nature inspired them. All six of the major Romantic poets had their own ideas about imagination, but all believed that it could be stimulated by nature and the mind. Imagination: The Inspired Guide

19 If imagination is the Romantic poet’s guide to truth, Nature is the wise teacher that can deliver the lesson. Nature: The Wise Teacher Romantic poets considered themselves especially sensitive. They wanted to help people see the world in all its beauty, sadness, and tenderness.

20 For the Romantic poets, nature was a balm to soothe the relentless hounding of an industrialized world. Poets tried to translate scenes of natural beauty into words so that readers might know the power of natural forces to shape thought and feeling. The poets had a strong sense of nature’s transformative properties. Nature: The Wise Teacher

21 The Romantics’ interest in natural images and themes was reflected in Gothic literature. Eerie settings Supernatural events Questions about humans’ ability to manipulate nature Novels such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein appealed to the imagination through Nature: The Wise Teacher

22 Romantic poets favored idealized rural settings. Experience: The Worthy Subject However, some celebrated the people who lived in crowded cities. They promoted rights to Healthful living conditions Relief from political or economic oppression Self-expression

23 Some Romantics dreamed that poetry could offer an example of model behavior to improve horrific social conditions: Undemocratic governments Dangerous factories Child labor Laissez-faire economic policies that left businesses unregulated Child workers in coal mine Experience: The Worthy Subject

24 EMOTIONS RULE Because the Romantic poetry valued individual experience, the rationalism previously admired was replaced by a trust in one’s emotions. The literature in England prior to this movement was witty, intellectual, and social. Romanticism rejects the social ‘us’ and embraces the ‘me’! Intuitions, feelings, and emotions ruled. Man’s heart was a more valued guide than his head. So, another characteristic of Romantic poetry is this enlightenment by emotion. Themes of Romantic Poetry Faith in Senses and Feelings

25 Another characteristic of Romantic literature is the inclusion of supernatural elements. Perhaps, for the Romantics, Nature was so powerful that it could not be contained. Nature takes on a mysterious, sometimes even scary quality in literature of the Romantics. Supernatural elements play a large part in these works. Themes of Romantic Poetry Belief in the Supernatural

26 The Romantics searched for personal experiences and strove to communicate their power in meaningful ways. To achieve this, the Romantic writers employed simple and direct language. This was another way to reject the Neoclassical movement that hoped to emulate the ancient writers in lofty styles and language. Think of it this way… our most personal conversations, our most private, do not need elevated language to impress or ring true. This simple language is another Romantic characteristic. Themes of Romantic Poetry Use of simple language

27 Ask Yourself 1. Where did Romantic poets look for inspiration? Why? 2. Why do you think Romantic poets wrote about nature during a time of change? [End of Section]

28 Expresses the emotions and concerns of an individual as well as of society Varies the structure of traditional forms to suit a poem’s purpose Focuses on a poet’s personal connection to nature Characteristics of Romantic Poetry

29 Function over Form Romantic Poets Poetry was a playground of feelings. Form seems more important than function. Poets experimented with forms and expressed feelings in natural language. 18th Century Poets Poetry was a strictly defined literary genre. Poets used formal language and structured traditional forms such as odes and sonnets. Function seems more important than form. The Romantics took poetry in a new direction.

30 Ask Yourself 1. What was more important to Romantic poets, form or function? Why? 2. What topics did Romantic poets pursue? Why? [End of Section]

31 William Wordsworth  Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems  “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey Samuel Taylor Coleridge  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner  Kubla Khan


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