Romanticism (also called Romantic Era or Romantic period) was a complex artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Europe, and developed in reaction to the Industrial Revolution. In part, it was a movement against various social and political norms and ideas of the Age of Enlightenment. It strongly influenced the visual arts, music, and literature, but it had impact on education and natural history as well.
During this period, writers and poets were actively engaged in the creation of a new form of artistic expression. The objective of this type of expression was to celebrate intuition, rather than reason. It is believed that the greatest representatives of the period were men. Women writers of the time did not receive the same recognition as did their contemporaries-men writers. Women were supposed to be incapable of expressing emotions in writing. Indeed, it was a period where males still dominated most aspects of society, but women gradually became more active. In the Romantic period, more women were writing poetry than ever before. There were a number of famous Romantic female writers in the Romantic era. The most notable female writers include: Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Charlotte Turner Smith, Mary Robinson, Hannah More and Joanna Baillie. This essay will look closer to some of them.
As poet, educator, essayist and critic, Anna Laetitia Aikin is considered to be one of the literary giants of her time. She was born on June 20th, 1743, in family of Jane Jennings and John Aikin, a Presbyterian minister and schoolteacher. Her family lived near the village of Kibworth Harcourt, in Leicestershire. Anna was educated at home by her mother. She later convinced her father to teach her French and Italian, and even some Latin and Greek. Anna never had close relationship with her mother, and she struggled against the puritanical restrictions her parents imposed. As she was