Romanticism Essay Topics

Variants in the Romantic Movement

Romanticism began shortly after the French Revolution bringing together both libertarian and egalitarian ideas.  The birth of the romantic movement was in Germany but quickly emerged and incorporated itself into the public conscience of France, England, and eventually the United States in 1820.  Romanticism was a revolt against rationalism and classicism.  The basic tenants of… View Article

Romantic Poets And Vincent Van Gogh

Nature is a formidable presence in the work of Romantic poets, who considered it a force for renewal, inspiration, destruction, and transcendence.  William Wordsworth considered nature a vehicle for inspiration.  “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” demonstrates his ability to derive deep thought from nature, and in “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey,”… View Article

Enlightenment/Romanticism

The age of man is rife with varying motivations and personal reasoning. Over millions of years, life shifted from mere survival, with our minds drawn to food and shelter, into times of political intrigue and welfare reform. Buried in the layers, the Age of Enlightenment and the (difficult to define) Age of Romanticism are found…. View Article

Enlightement And Romantic Thinkers

Despite sharing some similarities, the Enlightenment and Romantic movements differed sharply in terms of their character and values. While the former movement embraced a balanced, sober mindset oriented toward harmony and productivity, the latter reacted by espousing the dramatic, exotic, unconventional, and uncultivated. The Enlightenment, which dominated the eighteenth century, embraced a logical, rational world… View Article

Ten Paintings of Romanticism

Romanticism has flourished in the years 1800’s to 1900’s. Romanticism in the arts particularly in the visual arts is characterized by a revolt against rationalism and classicism movement. The usual approach of the artist in their artwork is about imagination and subjectivity. Intense emotion and elusiveness is attributed to romanticism. Also, paintings in the romantic… View Article

Analyzing Theodore Roethke

Drawing together separate but sympathetic poetic traditions from the Elizabethan Romantics as well as American transcendentalists, Theodore Roethke is concerned by many critics to be an exemplary poet in the Romantic tradition, one who retained a self-identity while treading perilously close to the role of a poetic imitator. In some ways it is Roethke’s uncanny… View Article

An Interpretation of John Keats’ To Autumn

Introduction Poems by John Keats are a source of inspiration. He plays with his readers and takes them to places and times with his words. What inspiration does Keats bring? He inspire his readers to go beyond his words and discover a new world he creates. He makes his words so colorful and alive it… View Article

Romanticism

Professor Ann Woodlief describes American Romanticism by saying, it “developed its own character, especially as these writers tried self-consciously to be new and original. ” In this statement, Woodlief argues that the American romantic authors strove to distinguish some differences between American and British Romanticism. The two forms of writing were already very similar, so… View Article

Romanticism, Its Influence on French Revolution

Romanticism evolved in response to the French Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment that followed. Rather than focus on reason and rationality to explain man, romanticism focused more on emotions and feelings to explain nature and portray them. Inspired by the ideas of Jean Jacques Rousseau romanticism emerged as a reaction to 18th-century values, asserting… View Article

Poetry Appreciation

In this essay I am going to compare and contrast ‘When we two parted’ a poem of George Gordon, Lord Byron’s written in 1815 and Letitia Elizabeth Landon’s ‘Love’s last lesson’ written in c1838, both poets are British and of the romantic period. ‘When we two parted’ is an elegy of the loss of love,… View Article

Romantic Poetry Characteristics

Romantic poetry gives more importance to passionate display of emotions. The study of the romantic poetry characteristics, throws light on the different features being incorporated. Have a look… Romanticism in poetry arose in response to the enlightenment ideals that prevailed in the 18th century. This form of poetry emphasizes on emotions rather than reason. William… View Article

Short history of literature

The purpose of this course is to encourage you to gain an insight into, and broad awareness of, the development of English literature from its perceived origins in the ninth century until the end of the nineteenth century. Attention will be paid not only to influential writers and movements, but to themes such as the… View Article

Rip Van Winkle

Freedom brings happiness. This is a major message shown in the story Rip Van Winkle. Rip Van Winkle is about a man who slept through the American Revolution for twenty years. During those twenty years he slept, his village and the whole country underwent a major change that affected the future of America. Written during… View Article

Causes and Effects of the Romantic Period

Romanticism has very little to do with things popularly thought of as “romantic,” although love may occasionally be the subject of romantic art. Rather, it is an international artistic and philosophical movement that redefined the fundamental ways in Western cultures thought about themselves and about their world (Melani). In the early seventeenth and eighteenth centuries… View Article

Romantic Literature

Romance is described as a mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful. Romance is often written about in many works throughout time. In the 18th century the “brooding” romantics shared an idea that all humans were capable of being evil. Their writing was often complex, mysterious, and filled… View Article

Samuel Coleridge “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

In the history of ancient poets, there emerged great writers who correlated the underpinning lifestyles on social life they believed in. Merited information on their writing remains tangible and historical based to disseminate the realities of many beliefs and conducts made in different scenarios people found themselves in. ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is… View Article

Journal on the Romantic Period

The writings of the poets of the Romantic Period were directly affected by the events that took place around them. Most of these writers were deeply associated with London, and as the capital of England, anything that took place affected them most. This was a direct reflection of the subject matter of their various works,… View Article

Romanticism in American Literature

Within this paper will be an explanation of the ideals of Romantic writers in Early American Literature. We will also look at some aspects of Romanticism that were uniquely understood by the writers and artists in the United States. There will be a brief discussion of “bright” and “dark” Romantic writing and it is there… View Article

Did Wordsworth or Coleridge Have Greater Influence on Modern Criticism?

After a brief introduction of the period that will contrast the Romantics with the century that preceded them, we shall move on to analyze the great poetic, theoretical experiment that most consider the Ur text of British Romanticism: “Lyrical Ballads”. We shall explore both the unique plan of “Lyrical Ballads”, and the implications of that… View Article

Dark Romanticism in “The Devil and Tom Walker”

During the nineteen century in America, Dark Romanticism was very popular. Dark Romanticism is a literary subgenre that emerges from Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism believed that to discover truth people must see beyond the physical world, also believed that people can find God directly on nature. Dark romanticism explores the conflict between good and evil and the… View Article

“The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving

“The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving, takes place in the swamps of Massachusetts. Upon walking home one night Tom Walker decided to take a shortcut through the swamps. When Tom finds a deserted Indian fort in the woods he meets the devil. The devil makes Tom a deal. The deal that Tom could… View Article

Romanticism in Frankenstein

Romanticism was an intellectual movement that took hold in Europe during the late 18th century. Romanticism was born out of a direct opposition to Enlightenment views that emphasized reason, science and knowledge. The Enlightenment had evolved as a response to oppression by the church. During the Enlightenment Europeans began to question the laws of the… View Article

“The Sandman” Analysis

The Sandman is about a man named Nathanael’s life and the monsters he faced. In his childhood he was told stories about the sandman. These stories tormented him for years because he was told the sandman took children’s eyes. Every night he would hear the “Sandman” walking down the hall to his father’s room. One… View Article

Enlightenment and Romantic Views on Nature

The Enlightenment and Romantic periods had different views on nature through writings and paintings; however they also sought to recognize the limits in human knowledge through the study of nature. The Enlightenment was a period where it tried to explain and study the true nature of mankind and how it progressed. Natural history was the… View Article

To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time

The rose as a symbol had mytho-historical and personal overtones for Yeats, and this poem is the opening song of his early collection of poems entitled “The Rose”. As a symbol for Ireland it represents both the Romantic movement and the Irish Revival centering around Lady Gregory and the Abbey Theatre, and the rose atop… View Article

An Imaginary Life and Wordsworth

In both David Malouf’s novel ‘An Imaginary Life’ and William Wordsworth’s poems, it is palpable how diverse times and cultures influence the significance of the association humanity can have with the natural world. There are four key techniques which are portrayed by both writers, portraying of characters, symbolism, imagery and concern; these techniques are presented… View Article

Dark Romantics or Transcendentalists?

Is there good in evil (transcendentalists), or is there evil in good (dark romantics)? I believe in both of these statements dark romantics and transcendentalists because people in this world do awful things that affect others but in some way they do things that can help our environment and our society. Such as not littering,… View Article

Romanticism and Transcendentalism

1. After reviewing the Romanticism resource page, list three characteristics of Romanticism. Also, identify three authors of the Romantic period. Profound love of nature, focus on the self and the individual, and fascination with the supernatural. Three authors of this period are William Cullen Bryant, Edgar Allan Poe, and Washington Irving. 2. Using the Transcendentalism… View Article

Transcendentalism and Romanticism

Romanticism is a literary, artistic, and philosophical movement that began in Europe it shaped all the arts in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In a general sense, romanticism refers to several distinct groups of artists, poets, writers, and musicians as well as political, philosophical and social thinkers and trends of the late 18th… View Article

Romantic Period Poets

Before we are able to trace the motives that ushered in Romantic period, it is of paramount importance to point out the preceding period, which is known as Neo-classical era. The Neoclassical period spans 1600-1798 (the accession of Charles II to the publication by Wordsworth and Coleridge of Lyrical Ballad). It is called the neoclassical… View Article