The Spirit of the Romantic Period Essay

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The Spirit of the Romantic Period

The Romantic Period in English literature was an era that brought forth profound literary rebellion. Romantics were truly rebels. They were in total defiance of the morals set by the movement known as the neoclassical period. The Romantics were also idealists, who believed in change. These idealists wrote about the change they wanted, socially as well as politically. Nature, both human and natural, and childhood and social conditions were of the many themes literary artists of this time chose to focus on. Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake, and William Wordsworth were among the literary artists who have done just this. In creating works such as, “A Vindication of the Rights of Women”, “The
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She is saying that women should not be branded in their minds as the weaker sex. They should have some intellect because in life it will always govern. In my opinion, Wollstonecraft took a brave step. Certainly this essay was a great accomplishment for her. She wrote in a time when very little or nothing was expected from women. In the Neoclassic era, the church was a symbol of great divinity. The church was an institution that set many strict standards on society. In Blake’s poem, “The Garden of Love”, we see the church as the sublime figure that enforces religious and social morals on the people. It is evident that Blake is writing from personal experience. He says that he went into the garden and there stood a chapel. It was built on the fields on which he used to play. (Imperceptibly, the game of love.) The doors of the chapel were very distressing. “Thou shalt not” was written above the doors of the chapel. It is unmistakable that the church was repressing him sexually. Because many people were sexually repressed at this time, love became a cemetery. The standards set by the church made it impossible for anyone to play the games of love. Unquestionably, the Romantic Period was not just an age of reason. It was a time of discovery and lost innocence. More and more poets were discovering and exploring aspects of life and more

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