ENGLISH ROMANTICISM

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English Romanticism can be understood as a return to Renaissance (a return to  the poetry of Spencer, Shakespeare, Milton). This return is anticipated by Cowper, Gray, Collins and Thomson.

 

CHARACTERISTICS:

·        Revival of instinctual life (reason was not so important).

·        Revival of the quest after love and beauty.

·        Importance of Revolutions (American, French, the figure of Napoleon).

·        New role of imagination.

·        The realisation of the sublime, the half way between real and supernatural world, time and space.

·        Life cycle, nature like a source of inspiration.

·        In this period  myths are revalued.

·        Philosophers: J.J Rousseau is the first to use the word “romantique” in one of his works (“Reveries du promemuer solitaire”). Romance has French origins.

·        Schlegel uses “romantisch” in a critic work meaning creativity and sentimental themes, used by the “Sturm und Drang” (in English: “Storm and Stress”, in which  there is the exaltation of nature, uniqueness and freedom of the individual, ideal of genius.

·        German idealism (Fichte, Hegel, Schelling).

 

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