Role Of The Child In Romantic Literature

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If there is one thing that I have learned throughout the course of this semester, it is that the role of the child is immensely important in romantic literature. The Romantic Movement in England was centered on imagination, and regaining the sense of childhood innocence that we lose once we are subjected to the harsh realities of the world. Though there are many examples of the child in different aspects of romantic literature, they are not all depicted in the same way. Some authors see the child as a symbol of innocence and hope, while others see childbirth and parenting as a difficult and unrewarding struggle. The child, during the Romantic period, was a figure seen in prose, poetry, and even during political debates. This is because the …show more content…
He has a group of children speaking in “Nurse’s Song” one of the poems from his Songs of Innocenec. They are arguing for more time to play with their nurse, and the children come off as carefree and not burdened by the worries of adulthood. He contrasts this with his poems in Songs of Experience, like his poem “The Chimney Sweeper” Stephanie Mets states that “Blake strikes a very different tone with the child’s speech. There, the sweep seems much more adult when he recounts that his parents ‘are gone to praise God and his Priest and King/ Who make up a heave of our misery.’” (Metz). The language from the chimney sweep is much more experienced, and influenced by the world than that of the children in the Nurse’s Song. His purpose is to show society the damage that we are doing to childhood innocence. Children should be allowed to run and be free, and not confined to the worldly hardships that children during this time period were constantly facing. I believe that Blake saw children as better than adults. Children were not yet destroyed by the rules of the world, or society. His poetry is a hope to put an end to the harsh training and lives that children were being

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