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Characteristics Of Romanticism Essay

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The Fourteen Characteristics of Romanticism1. Medievalism - looking on the past to a simpler lifestyle (the good ole days).''Written in the Close of Spring'' by Charlotte Smith2. Orientalism - (exotic locales) places that everyday people would not venture.Mystery - emotional stimulus.3. Primitivism - belief that man was born inherently good. (Noble Savage - writingby people of primitive cultures - Africa, Native American) Society ...view middle of the document...

Man could create a better world without materialism.5. Anti-intellectualism - belief that everything is just not rational.''The Tables Turned'' by William Wordsworth6. Sentimentalism - (emotions) very affected by what they see. Raw formality.7. Humanitarism - believed that all men were created equal and that you shouldhelp others.8. Democracy - supporters of the French revolution until it became violent.Agreed with the civil American revolution, used portage to fight for reform.9. Originality - New poetic formats and genres.10. Diversity - Authors wrote books and music, but did not write in one style.Mastered the art of writing.11. Confessionalism - art is a confession of the inner soul. Characters confess andexpress how they feel.12. Purgative Purpose of Art - authors believed their writings were cleansing theirsouls.''Lines Composed a Few Miles away from Tintern Abbey'' by WilliamWordsworth13. Protest and Dissent - Original Protesters ills of society and the church. Not allauthors of this era believed in this.''Lines Written in Early Spring'' by William Wordsworth14. A love of the wild and picturesque - Nature is almost a character in novels.Nature inspires creativity.''Pastoral Poesy'' by John Clare

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