Romantic Period

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Romantic Period Literature Characteristics:
Love of Nature
Love of the Common Man
Neo-Classicism
The Supernatural
Nationalism
Heroism
Strange and Far-away Places

Love of Nature

Emotions and instinct became more important than reason. There was a glorification of “The Natural Man”, the “noble savage,” and the primitive and untutored personality. Primitivism, meaning the thought that the simple and unsophisticated life was best, also grew popular. These ideas led to an interest in old civilizations, glorification of Greek society, a study in archeology developed as a science, with Egyptian and Medieval areas important to study. Also, the Medieval studies, urged by nationalism, helped nations develop identity, which was an important aspect of Romantic Period ideas. Top

Love of the Common Man

The social and economic classes were disparaged, or put down. An era of revolutions opened when the governments were overthrown, due to the fact that it often seemed to require elimination of social classes. The American writers also provided a way to satisfy a cultural need for lore, or a mythology suitable to a new nation. The literature presented this in many pieces. Top

Neo-Classicism

Neo-Classicism means a return to the Classic ideals of: clearness, elegance, symmetry, and repose produced by attention to traditional forms. It was sometimes synonymous with excellence or artistic quality of high distinction. Also, the term refers to the admiration and imitation of Greek and Roman literature, art, and architecture. Top

The Supernatural

Fascination with the supernatural was a characteristic of the Romantic Period. This included: the unexplainable, horror, and anything that evoked the emotion of fear. Top

Nationalism

Nationalism was a reaction against the dominating influences of German literature. Writers aimed to write works which were expressive and characteristic of their own nationality by: using scenes from their country’s life, history, folk-tales and legends as a basis for operas, songs, literature, and symphonic poems. Top

Heroism

The idea that anyone, especially the common man, could be a hero is a characteristic of the Romantic Period. Heroism is the overcoming of our natural fears and limitations to achieve great things. Top

Strange and Far-away Places

This characteristic relates to the love of exotic locations around the world and in time and space. This could include the past or the future as well as strange places or situations in the present.

LITERARY ROMANTICISM

The Literary Romanticism is the main literary movement in Europe since the end of the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. The term "romantic" was used by the first time in England in the 17th century to talk about the fantastic elements of the chivalrous novels.

Beginning in Germany and England in the 1770s, by the 1820s it swept through Europe.

The movement was deeply connected with the politics of the time, people's fears, hopes, and aspirations. It was the voice of revolution at the beginning of the 19th century and the voice of the Establishment at the end of it.

The bourgeoisie was the class that invented, fostered, and adopted as its own the romantic movement.

Some of the earliest stirrings of the Romantic movement are conventionally traced back to the mid-18th-century interest in folklore which arose in Germany. It existed the belief that products of the uncultivated popular imagination could equal or even surpass those of the educated court poets and composers.

The new romantic taste favoured simplicity and naturalness and these were thought to flow most clearly and abundantly from the "spontaneous" outpourings of the untutored common people. The Village represents the tradition.

It is the rise and spread of the reputation of William Shakespeare. Although he is regarded today as the epitome of the great writer, his reputation was at first very different. Shakespeare was...
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