Romanticism Research Paper

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Romanticism is a literary, artistic, musical and intellectual movement which took its source from Europe toward the end of the 18th century. Romanticism emphasizes emotions and individualism as well as praising the beauty of nature and past, including the medieval rather than the classical. Romanticism also emphasizes religion, supernatural elements and idealization of women and children. William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Blake are known as the major figures of Romanticism in English literature. Their romantic poems, “The Lamb” by William Blake, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth, “Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Ode to The West Wind” by Percy Bysshe Shelley and will be …show more content…
This indicates love for past which is another characteristic of Romanticism.
Thirdly, Samuel Taylor Coleridge is an English poet, literary critic, philosopher who is one of the founders of Romantic Movement. Coleridge not only has developed a lot of themes and ides that are important in British Romanticism but he also have pushed the writing of poetry into new directions. Samuel Taylor Coleridge revolutionized the concept of nature and how nature is reflected in one’s imagination in “Kubla Khan.” In the lines:
“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to
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In “Ode to the West Wind,” in which the speaker directly addresses the wind and longs to fuse himself with it, exemplifies several characteristics of Romantic poetry. Shelley observes that the West Wind can both destroy nature and preserve nature. The wind can cause storms, erosion, and floods while also bringing rain and scattering seeds. He eagerly yearns to be influenced by the West Wind just as the trees in the forest, which are greatly touched by the movement of the West wind. The poet wants the West Wind to surround him and create beautiful things with him. He says this by stating several things such as "Make me thy lyre…", "Oh! Lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!...” Apostrophe, common feature of Romantic poetry, is seen in “Ode to the West Wind”. The first words of “West Wind” are an apostrophe: “O wild West Wind “and “O thou who chariotest to their dark wintry bed/The winged seeds”is an example of Apostrophe

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