The Significance Of Diderot's Lines In Early Romanticism

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R omanticism was an intellectual and artistic movement that started in the eighteenth century and reached its peak during the nineteenth century. The most prominent standards of Romanticism focused on expressing the human social status, the glorification of nature, childhood and spontaneity of primitive forms of society (before it becomes affected with the lust for wealth during the period of the industrial revolution.) also focused on the human passion and emotion of the poet, and on imagination as a more reliable faculty than reason. Among this movement the most noticeable English poets are William Blake, George Gordon Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William
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During this period of skepticism and reconsideration of anything taken for granted. Influenced by those French philosophers the Romantic poets chose “Nature” as a refuge from the social and political scene that dominated England at that time. William Wordsworth is one of the Romantic poets that was inspired by “the Nature”. He wrote a poem named “Lines Written in Early Spring” where he glorifies and praises nature:
“I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.”

In this Poem Wordsworth was presenting his view of life, he considers that the universe is full of paradoxes, at the same time you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the its pleasant images “sweet mood” and “pleasant thoughts” which represents for him “the reality” but on the other hand this reality is full of “sad thoughts” of what it brought to children of hard and long work hours. He asserts this idea of exploitation of Man in the next stanza:

“To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.”

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