An Analysis Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 's ' The Gothic Frankenstein '

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Commencing in the early eighteenth century, the Romantic Movement sought not only to transform the essence of human experience through challenging the unyielding and judicious constraints of neoclassicism, but also to transform both individual and societal temperaments. The emphasis on the individual self rejected the preceding Age of Enlightenment, rather implementing the ingenious lusts idealising intuition, sensation and artistic emancipation. However, the idiosyncratic era proved not only to stand as a sheer assertion of the self, yet as a means of revolutionising the essence of humanity and paving the way for a new wave of philosophical, artistic, political and scientific experimentations, surpassing the confines of the natural world.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge details the celebration of personal expression and individuality through the fragmentary, quixotic trance of Kubla Khan as well as the vicarious idealism of This Lime Tree Bower, My Prison as a contrast to Mary Shelly; who deliberately undermines these classic Romantic tropes in the gothic Frankenstein, focussing on supernatural and demonic paradigmatic shifts rather than the serene beauty of nature. Developing a connection to the physical, John Keats appreciates the intensity and sensuality of human passions and emotions in his Ode to a Grecian Urn, while Caspar David Friedrich’s Abbey in the Oakwood explores the beauty in the futility of death redefining the inextricable link between man, nature and the divine.…

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