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Romantics, 1780 - 1830 (I)

Revolution, Nature, Transcendence

Romantic poetry deals with the tensions, hopes and fears of the late 18th and early 19th century. It is highly connected to the historical events of this time period, such as the American Declaration of Independece or the French Revolution. The period, therefore, was a time of transition, where artists, philosophers and poets questioned the Old Order of society, its hierarchies and restrictions.

Its most important representatives are:
William Blake
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Wordsworth
George Gordon, 6th Lord of Byron
John Keats
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Mary Shelley

These poets regarded themselves as inspired prophets who were enabled to see familiar things in a new and revolutionary way.
Therefore, they revered children because of their innocence and closeness to nature and saw nature as a healing power of the Imagniation.

If you want to know more about the poetry of the Romantics, I’d like to recommend you this small book.

Forward St., (2005), The Romantics, Milton Keynes: Open University.
O’Flinn P., (2001), How to study Romantic Poetry, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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