Notes on Romantic Age

The Romantic Age

  • complexity
    • no ubiquity, modern studies broadening our understanding of the era
      • moving past the same 6 poets (Blake, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Byron)
  • political/ideological motivations of the movement
    • the French Revolution a heavy influence on the poetry of the age
      • the “spirit” of the Revolution as opposed to the outcome
    • the Napoleonic Wars created a reactionary conservatism
    • heightened Great Britain’s authoritarianism and establishing Great Britain as Great Britain
      • “threats from without acted to foster cohesion within”
    • moves to celebrating parts of Great Britain (Robert Burns)
  • Industrial Revolution
    • class mobility came with a lack of respect for those who gained their wealth through trade/commerce/working
    • public to private land
      • a similar perspective shift in the literature of the time, especially in Romantic/Gothic texts
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