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*What is Romanticism?
*Romanticism was a movement in the arts and literature in
the 18th Century which emphasised inspiration, subjectivity
and the primacy of the individual.
*Romanticism has very little to do with things popularly
thought of as "romantic," although love may occasionally be
the subject of Romantic art. It is an international artistic
and philosophical movement that redefined the
fundamental ways in which people in Western cultures
thought about themselves and about their world.
*Romantic poets perceived a potential harmony between the
human mind and the outside world based on the idea of one
life which ran through both humans and nature.…read more

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*The Five I's of Romanticism
*Intuition : People started to go by intuition
(feelings/emotions) rather than logic which was the
opposite of what happened during the enlightenment
*Imagination: The exploration of the imagination led to new
innovative ideas on art and written works
*Inspiration: People were becoming inspired by the beauty of
nature as well as the dark side of the human mind
*Idealism: Idealism became a focus as well as trying to find
self perfection
*Individuality: Life was about finding out who you were as a
person rather than being focused on "the group"…read more

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*Enlightenment Thinking and
*By the 1820s, a new generation of Romantics turned critical
towards the wave of industrialization and city life. The 19th
century in the West was known for social troubles and a lot
of greed, which the Romantic movement did not like. They
also did not like the idea of Enlightenment thinking and the
industrialization of labour. Materialism and industrial greed
seemed to overtake social concern and other virtues
prioritised by the Romantics. Romantics strove to create
change in the form of a new social system to replace what
they saw as an old, dying social model.
*Enlightenment Thinking is valuing reason above superstition
or tradition, rejecting traditional authority, customs and
embracing a scientific, empirical, individualist perspective
of the world.…read more

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*Types of
*Romanticism emerged as a celebration of emotion,
medievalism, folk tradition and classic ideals. Elements
of romanticism can be found in the art, literature and
music of the time, as well as in political or philosophical
writings. In literature, romanticism is often associated
with Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and John Keats with
romanticism. In music, Beethoven was viewed as the
ideal, while art was turned toward the heroically-
influenced styles of William Blake, John Constable and J.
M.W. Turner.…read more

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*Keats and Romanticism
*Keats belonged to the second wave of romanticism.
*He is known as one of the most influential poets of the
Romantic Era.
*He had a unique style that put an emphasis on sensual
description. He could describe things lavishly to the point
that the poems would be overflowing with emotion. It was
also largely his personal influences which governed his
work. He draws descriptions of detail from his own mind,
from many sources. Some of these sources are his mad love
for his fiancée Fanny Brawne, as well as the death of his
brother Tom.…read more


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