Elements of romantic literature

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The Romantic Period began around 1798 and ended around 1832, and is known for writers such as Emily Dickinson, Williams Wordsworth and Walt Whitman. These writers, along with the other writers of the Romantic Period wrote with a style that had seven basic elements. The seven basic elements included: 1) Reaction against authority of reason .2) Revived appreciation of natural beauty. 3) Interest of country and rural life and its people. 4) Interest of past, primitive, and medieval. 5) Interest of other lands especially exotic lands. 6) Interest of elements of melancholy, and 7) Preoccupation of idea of revolution. Each of the elements played its own role in characterizing the Romantic Period. First, we will look at the reaction against authority of reason that the Romantic Period took on. The writers of this time wanted to be free but yet, didn’t consider the kind of world we would live in if everyone would follow this. The reaction could have come from England, as a country, at this time. England was pulling away from being an agricultural society due to the overwhelming increase of industrial society that was being move Continue...


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The seven elements during this time period; nature, reaction against authority, interest in many things including rural life, exotic lands, the past, and ideas of melancholy; all played an important role in the time period's literature and have since been considered a writing style of the past. This was most likely the most noticeable of the elements of this period. The Romantic Period had an important influence from the French Revolution, inspiring writers to address democracy and human rights and to consider the function of revolution. Writers began writing about more simple things such as what was around them, nature. Although some of the writing did bring up social conflict and often brought along class lines. Also the interest of past, primitive, and medieval times were popular during the Romantic Period. This was because the Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars were through. As in Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey how he describes London as a place were no man would ever want to leave and that god's best is right there in London. Next, the Romantic Period writers showed a revived sense of appreciation of natural beauty. These are just a few lines that show how the poets appreciated nature and its beauty so much. Some of the examples of the somewhat of an "uprising from authority would be how many of the romantic period writers attacked and questioned rules. The writers of the Romantic Period also used elements of melancholy as an element of literature. The interest of other lands especially exotic lands was another element of the Romantic Period.

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