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Romantic Poets

After a strong surge of classical thinkers in the Enlightenment Period many Romantics emerged. Romantics viewed and approached life in a completely different manner than that of the classical thinkers of the Enlightenment. In fact, each Romantic had his/her own style of thinking and writing. In particular, three authors, William Blake, William Wordsworth, and Walt Whitman are all considered prominent Romantic writers, yet each produces different works distinct from, and influenced by, their own beliefs. During the Enlightenment Period, thinking was generally scientific and mathematical. They (who?) used reason to explain every aspect of life and all that that entails. To understand how an object or living being functioned, classical thinkers had no qualms about taking apart or dissecting the being under observation. These conservative people preferred to be surrounded by the urban society where they felt a sense of reality. (eh, what?) The classical thinkers preferred reality to fantasy stories. Immediately following the Enlightenment Period came the Romantic Era. The Romantic beliefs were completely opposite to those views of the classical thinkers. Romanists were very emotional. They enjoyed being out in nature and every aspect of it. A Romanticist would love to look deeply at things as they are, and would not desire to dissect them. Romantics were also very accepting of fantasy and dreams. Their views were very liberal. These liberal viewpoints influenced several revolutions, one of which was the American Revolution. (explain how loving fantasy and nature makes someone liberal) William Blake was a prominent Romantic poet during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Being a Romanticist, much of his poetry involved strong emotions. Blake’s love for nature influenced his poetry immensely. In writing his poem The Lamb, Blake uses soft language and imagery to affect the reader’s opinion of nature. Blake describe...

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