Essay Romanticism: 19th Century and Time Period

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Webster's dictionary states the definition of Romanticism as "a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization". Romanticism was a movement that helped generated other movements, but brought a new form of literature that was well embraced during the 18th and 19th centuries. Romanticism started during the end of the 18th century as politics and society were changing in Europe. Gaps were growing farther and farther apart between the rich and the poor, which created changes for the time period (Class notes). Paul Brians, a English Professor at Washington State, says that Romanticism:
"transformed poetry, the novel, drama, painting, sculpture, all forms of
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A work by Emerson during this time period was Nature. It talks about his ideas about the importance of individuality as well as a deep connection to nature. He also rejects the notion of materialism, but rather embrace nature and its worth. A line in Nature that shows this is "The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood"(120). This shows that his beliefs and motives were to state that our surroundings shape people only if they have a open mind. He states " The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child"(120). Reading this shows that there is a great importance placed on the nature, and how well we interact with it, rather than concern ourselves with materialistic goods. Emerson writes another work called Self-Reliance, which again states the importance of individuality. In this work the phrase " Trust Thyself", which means to not second guess yourself, but let your emotions show. Self-Reliance shows that everyone has the potential to be a genius, but only when the person is willing to trust their own thoughts. This was a characteristic of the Romanticism era. He states "Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say "I think," "I am," but quotes some saint of sage"(124). This supports the idea of trusting yourself,

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