The Influence of the French Revolution upon British Romanticism

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The French Revolution had an important influence on the writing of the Romantic period, inspiring writers to address themes of democracy and human rights and to consider the function of revolution as a form of change. In the beginning, the French Revolution was supported by writers because of the opportunities it seemed to offer for political and social change. When those expectations were frustrated in later years, Romantic poets used the spirit of revolution to help characterize their poetic philosophies. In this essay I am going to concentrate on the influence of the French revolution on two great romantic writers, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

William Wordsworth clearly depicted Napoleon on his writing where
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However Wordsworth and Coleridge recognize Napoleon's ingenious talent to act far beyond the imagination. They depict Napoleon to be evil and similar to Milton's Satan.

Wordsworth and Coleridge reflect Napoleon as Satan because of his pretended role as liberator of Europe from monarchy, where at the same time illustrating Napoleon in the Miltonic role gives him an ironically heroic figure while it attacks him.

In the case of the Peninsula War Wordsworth argues that Napoleon has finally revealed his true nature by attacking rather the people and not a government

Coleridge's "Fear in Solitude" is a great example of the influence of the French revolution upon the British romanticism. "Fears in Solitude" is a very significant work for the reason that it was written during the alarm of an invasion. Moreover it is extremely topographical in order to give an idea of the location in which the poet was inspired. Place and time are very important elements in Coleridge's writing and in this particular work he expresses he fears of a possible invasion. Here Coleridge portrays nature as a spiritual gateway, an escape from the real world and the anxiety created by a potential invasion. So he finds a "green and silent spot" a place in nature which takes him away from the terrible news that was expected to arrive. Furthermore we see Coleridge to admit that his own people have done some horrible deeds in the past, however he

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