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The Romantic Imagination

During the eighteenth century a new way of thinking appeared, this was the time of romanticism. Nowadays, a lot of people assimilate Romanticism with love and “romantic” behaviour. But, Romanticism has rarely love as a subject. It is more an international artistic and philosophical movement, which redefines the fundamental ways in which people in the Western cultures thought about themselves and about their world. The two main countries in which Romantic Movement rose are England and Germany, and not the country of romance language themselves. It affected all the art. This movement really started in 1770’s and it continued in the second part of the nineteenth century. This movement appeared later in American literature than in Europe, and also later in some of the arts, like music and painting than in literature. This age of Romantic ideas took place at the same period than the “age of revolution”. Revolutions occurred in America in 1776 and in France in 1789. It was a period of upheaval in political, economic, and social traditions. It was at this period that witnessed the initial transformation of the industrial revolution. The core of the Romantic movement was a revolutionary energy. Romanticism also consciously set out to transform not only the theory and practice of poetry and all the other arts but it also transformed the way we perceive the world. One of the aspects of romanticism was that they valued man because of his imaginative and spiritual powers. A lot of romantic poets had very different point of view about imagination. We would see it right after having studied the imagination in the romantic perspective. The earlier view of imagination rose between the sixteenth and the seventeenth century. At this time, it was the rational sciences, which dominated the mind, and it was seen as totally unbelievable or demonised to spoke about spirit. Imagination was seen to be a women activity so it was seen ...

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