Fired by the turn of the century, the ideas, personal, and political liberty broke in a bond of the 18th century convention. The work of William Godwin and Jean Rousseau influenced the Romantic period; But the French Revolution influenced the period mostly. During this time in England the support for the Revolution was purely idealist and the French didn’t live to its high expectations. The intellectuals of English denounced the French Revolution. In the 1770’s romanticism begin and continued into the second half of the nine teenth century for the literature of America.
In 1770-1870 the chronological spectrum recognized poetry to be romantic by the work of William Blake and Robert burns in England. Also, in Germany the early writings of Goethe and Schiller were recognized by the Romantic period. Throughout Europe, Rousseau’s writings were influenced by the romantic period. “The Age of Revolutions”, is what the early Romantic period was called. During this period there was a revolutionary energy at its core. In the Romantic period, imagination was “shaping” of or creating human equivalency of nature.
Imagination is confined into two major concepts, the reconciliation of opposites and differences of humans. Imagination constitutes reality and the main source of creating all art. Imagination is the supreme faculty of the mind. In the imagination brings to life what you see, touch, and hear. Imaginations vary within the individual. The romantics believed that nature was a source of healing power. They also thought of nature as a work of art with the imagination of the mind. The Romantics viewed symbols as an aesthetic emblematic language to humans. The romantics value symbolism as a communication on a one-on-one level.
Both symbolism and myth were given prominence in the Romantic period. During the romantic period the creation of poetry was an important focus. Woodsworth’s definition of poetry is known as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling”. Romantics defined their goals through systematic contrast, with norms of “Versailles neoclassicism. The human behavior was more of a suitable matter than the individual manifestations of human activity. Rousseau published a book in 1781, called Rousseau’s confessions pertaining to neoclassicism. The romantics rejected absolute systems of religion and philosophy.
The Romantics had the idea that a person must create a system in which they live. Many of the romantics had an attitude when it came to the social world around them. The romantics were very political and sociable, but at the same time distant from the public. The romantic artist did things through their own emotions. William Godwin’s wife Mary Wollstonecraft wrote ground breaking books on women’s rights as well as human rights. William Hazlitt wrote about criticism and didn’t like political radicalism. After the war most of the English writers did not focus political but on aesthetic or social problems.
The novelists Henry Green, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Joyce Cary, and Lawrence Durrell and the poets Robert Graves were some of the poets that cultivated their own voices distinctively. A group by the name of “Angry young men” was playwrights that were greatly dissatisfied with the British Society. Due to the fast pace of time changing Romanticism begin throughout Europe and many parts of the world. In the slow pace of Europe developing medicine, biology, and science slowly began to advance in the society. From reading about the Romantic period it is evident that there was a great deal of things that occurred.