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DescriptionHow the different voices are portrayed by mary cavendish
The Romantic Period
The Romantic period began in the mid-century and extended into the nineteenth century (1798-1832). Romanticism did deal with placing central importance upon the feelings and upon the human being. “This time period only lasted about thirty years but greatly changed and influenced the country in which we live in today,” (Berlin 1999). Romanticism had its roots in Neoclassicism’s praise of reason, with its corollary emphasis on the value of the individual as the source of knowledge. The Romantic period overlapped with the “age of revolution”, which included the American (1776) and the French (1789) revolutions. This was a time of change, where new skeptical ideas were “in” and old traditional ones were “out”. In romanticism poetry came new concepts, like the use of imagination, nature, and symbolism. These new concepts soon became very popular with most of the poets. With these new concepts came new poets like John Keats, William Blake, and William Wordsworth, who soon became leading poets of the romanticism movement. Although using the same concepts imagination, nature, and symbolism, Keats’s, Blake’s, and Wordsworth’s works are distinguishably different due to their distinct use of poetic devices. The style of writing is a characteristic of the poet. Each poet uses the concepts in various ways to present their ideas. The concept of opening a reader’s imagination is used widely with several poetic devices.
Romantic era poets the public, formal, and witty works of the previous century. They preferred poetry that spoke of personal experiences and emotions, often in simple unadorned language. Along with plumbing emotional and behavioral extremes, “Romantic artists expanded the repertoire of subject matter, rejecting the didacticism of neoclassical history painting in favor of imaginary and exotic subjects,” (Fowler 1987). The imagination was escaladed to a position as the supreme power of the mind. This contrasted distinctly with the traditional arguments for the supremacy of reason. The Romantics tended to define and to present the imagination as our ultimate "shaping" or creative power, the approximate human equivalent of the creative powers of nature or even deity. It is a changing, an active, rather than passive power, with many uses. Imagination is the primary power for creating all art. On a broader scale, it is also the faculty that helps humans to constitute reality, for we not only understand the world around us, but also in part create it. Uniting both reason and feeling, imagination is glorified as the grand unifying skill, enabling humans to settle differences and opposites in the world of appearance.
The settling of opposites is a central ideal for the Romantics. Imagination is bound up with the other two major concepts, it is supposed to be the ...
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