Poets of Romanticism Period Essay

After analysis of the characteristics of the metaphysical poets it becomes obvious that romanticism makes a powerful impact of many authors’ literary works, plots, symbolism, imagery, and ideas. Romanticism is characterized by the rise of nation states that significantly contribute to people’s views, appreciations, and ideas, nobility, new technology that made a powerful impact on printing press, bold writing styles and techniques, and longer life spans.

In English literature there are many writers who used lot of romantic features and characteristics in their literary context, which allowed them to achieve harmony, balance, spirituality and a sense of romanticism in their poetry. In the period of Romanticism, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, John Keats, and a genuine William Blake were considered a powerful group of poets whose works were full of romantic features, unique spiritual things, interesting imagery, romantic symbolism, and allegory. All of them were so original in their views and interpretations about romanticism and its connection to human life, soul, and maturity. As known, romantic tradition involves a number of features, themes and characteristics; romantic tradition was based on human feelings, moods, emotions, and imagination that take priority, belief in children innocence, nature as a source of beauty, truth, and the source of the “sublime”, gothic writing that flows from romantic, heroic individualism, outsiders as a special source of wisdom and understanding, nostalgia for the past, desire or will as personal motivation, intense emotions extremes, common man as a source of wisdom, idealized or abstract settings, etc. I consider romantic poets in their romanticism works often use the theme of nature as a source of beauty, truth, and “sublime”; it is one of the most common romantic themes which allow authors to achieve a sense of purity, ideal, and honesty in their poems. For example, William Wordsworth often uses in his poems the theme of nature to insist on the importance of beauty, truth, and perfection. In romantic tradition the theme of nature is dominant and many poets use it to depict piece, balance, and the power of nature in human world. Then, romantic tradition includes a theme of human feelings, moods, emotions, and imagination, which help poets in the epoch of romanticism to strengthen their ideas, visions, and beliefs about human imagination, and identity. The focus on human emotions, feelings, and imagination allowed authors to reach a sense of trust, honesty, and wholeness in their poems and enhance of deeper examination of human personality and inner self. Third, a belief of children innocence is one of widely used themes in romanticism; most of English romantic poets included the theme of child’s innocence in their works in order to insist on the children inner strengths or power of vision, or fight against children abuse, exploitation, and oppression. In Romantic literature, the theme of children innocence is closely intertwined with the theme of nature (for example, in Blake’s “Little black boy” or Wordsworth’s “We are seven”). Fourth, the theme of heroic individualism and celebration of identity in romantic poetry also had a place. The illustration of romantic hero helped authors to depict what it meant the natural state of being man, men’s maturity, and individual’s understanding of himself a man in society. Byron in his poems insists on the important of man’s unique individualism, heroism, power, and fierce impendence. Fifth, the theme of intense emotions extremes is also important to romantic poets. This theme is obvious in romantic tradition as the access to intense complex emotions allowed romantic writers to depict the character’s inner self, transitions, complex intentions, and their connections with past and present. Finally, idealized or abstract settings is also obvious in romantic tradition; many poets created abstract idealized settings to enhance the characters’ attractiveness, the power of their emotions and feelings, their positions, the palette of their relationships, and sharp contrast between past, present, and future.  

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