Romanticism was the largest artistic movement of the late 1700s. Romanticism came around because of political, social, and economic changes. Some important features of romanticism are emphasis on imagination, a capacity for wonder, and the importance of self expression and feeling. This style of writing was a way for artists and writers to express themselves in a different way. Some examples of authors of this time period are William Blake, Walter Scott, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Percy Shelley. Romantic paintings often featured natural disasters.
One of the most important authors of the time was John Keats, who was born in London on the 31st of October in 1795. Keats was a short man, he was just over 5 feet tall. His hair was red brown in color. His father died in an accident when John was just eight and his mother died when he was fourteen. In his time Keats published fifty four poems and a few magazines. He took on a wide range of poetic types. Some of John Keats poems are ‘To Autumn’, ‘Ode on a grecian urn’ and ‘Ode to a nightingale’.
The particular style of poetry has had a lasting effect on our writing style and the way we live and talk. The Romantics found fresh ways to express themselves: their reverence for nature, in its awesome beauty, was to prove to be a legacy that would last forever. Looking upon parts of the environment for inspiration, they pushed people to travel, both literally and metaphorically, into new territories of the world. Their attitudes about life were freeing and made the world seem a bigger place of more opportunity. The outcome of their standpoint has continued to have an effect on culture in many ways.
Certain literary character types began in the Romantic period: for example, the rebellious hero and the mysterious lady such as Keats’s ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’. Romantics often embraced the scary and the popularity of Gothic novels. There was also very much interest in scientific discoveries and developments. Particularly, Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein’ has lasted and it has been said that this establishing text made the way for the advances of science-fiction.
Literature was not the only art form to be affected by Romanticism though. 'Composers also stayed away from the former clarity of balance to experiment, striving for deeper emotional depth. Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Berlioz and Liszt were early pioneers”. They were followed by Verdi, Wagner, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, all of who produced inspiring music, and in the twentieth century Schoenberg, Debussy, Bartok, Mahler, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Puccini and Rachmaninoff continued the tradition of writing for the romantic era. Virtuoso conductors and performers attracted a lot of attention. There are several of modern composers who are referred to as Neo-Romantics, these include George Rochberg and David Del Tredici.
These things changed the way we see the world and experience things. We see the world differently and people have changed. The romanticism period was a very important part of the changing of our world. The authors changes writing and many different things. One thing is for sure, the Romantic era made a shift in the way people thought, and has continued to make an influence on the way we see and experience the world.