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What is Romanticism?
Romanticism was an artistic movement that lasted from the end of the 1700s to the end of the 1830s. The art of Romanticism focused on creativity and emotions.
Romanticism influenced all of the arts but was particularly seen in poetry, painting, and music. Romanticism was inspired by, and named after, the romances from the Middle Ages. These poems and stories often included demonstrations of heroism, chivalry, love, and passion. Much of Romantic art had the same themes and characteristics as these older works.
In Romantic literature, common themes included natural imagery, passionate struggle and overcoming personal hardships, and the supernatural. Later on, Romantic writers created nationalistic works inspired by their cultural folklore and art. Romantic writers include William Blake, John Keats, and Mary Shelley.
Romantic painters, such as Eugene Delacroix and Francisco Goya, expressed passion and emotion through works that often depicted nature, landscapes, and supernatural imagery, as well as nationalism and cultural pride.
Just like their counterparts, Romantic musicians also strove to break rules and push boundaries. They too focused on themes of human expression and often told stories of human passion through their musical compositions. Well-known Romantic musicians include Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Peter Tchaikovsky.
Why is Romanticism important?
The first records of Romanticism come from around 1795, near the beginning of the Romantic period itself. The term comes from the word romantic, referring to an artistic style emphasizing imagination and emotion, and the suffix –ism, which expresses a thought process or movement.
Romanticism was a complete reversal of the movement of Classicism that came before it. Classicism focused on order, logic, and rational thinking, while Romanticism focused on emotions, heroism, creativity, a breaking of rules, and an exploration of the supernatural and occult.
Scholars place the beginning of Romanticism in 1798 with the publication of Lyrical Ballads by poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In the second printing of this collection, Wordsworth defined poetry as the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings,” and this definition is also a very good description of Romanticism itself.
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What are real-life examples of Romanticism?
Many of our favorite works of art are examples of Romanticism and people still talk about the movement.
I know a lot of people who are into this. One of these days I want to write something about how this sort of 'back to the earth' fantasy is grounded in romanticism, alienation, and a search for authenticity. People who are into this have, by and large, never even seen a farm
— Geoff Gordon (@geofflgordon) August 3, 2021
Ok so more literary you can see Laurie Langbauer’s ace “Juvenile Tradition” which shows the centrality of young people to the development of Romanticism. Also, Jill Gage’s thesis on 18C schoolboy authors (download via Ethos) is excellent!
— Catherine Sloan (@cgsloan) August 3, 2021
What other words are related to Romanticism?
Which of the following themes was NOT associated with Romanticism?
A. Love and passion
C. Order and reason
D. The supernatural
How to use romanticism in a sentence
Bourdain was the guy who could juggle romanticism, nostalgia and unvarnished truth, whether it was about Atlantic City, Iran or his own troubled life.Anthony Bourdain’s messy, brilliant life comes into focus in a new oral biography|Tim Carman|September 30, 2021|Washington Post
Nostalgia for the past is out; so is romanticism about the future.
We know the only thing more hopeless than his hypochondria is his romanticism.
Even in Germany, where Nazi memorabilia and romanticism are outlawed, a neo-fascist claimed a seat.
Since its early days, train travel has been shrouded in an aura of romanticism.All Aboard the Orient Express: Looking Back at the Golden Age of Train Travel|Sarah Moroz|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I love romanticism, I love being slightly wrong about how things will work out.The Book of B.J. Novak: An Absurdist, Scathingly Funny Literary Debut|Caryn James|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No one, even at the time of fervour for romanticism, had more respect and adoration for the great masters than Baudelaire.Charles Baudelaire, His Life|Thophile Gautier
Since his style was characterized by romanticism combined with realism, this book caused much controversy among its local readers.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
I may, however, inform the reader that the subject of romanticism will give rise to further discussion in subsequent chapters.
Romanticism had not invaded music to the same extent as the literary and pictorial arts.
Chopin's repugnance was not confined only to the frantic side and the delirious excesses of romanticism as Liszt thinks.
British Dictionary definitions for romanticism
Derived forms of romanticismromanticist, noun
Cultural definitions for romanticism (1 of 4)
A movement in literature and the fine arts, beginning in the early nineteenth century, that stressed personal emotion, free play of the imagination, and freedom from rules of form. Among the leaders of romanticism in world literature were Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Victor Hugo, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Friedrich von Schiller. (See also under “Literature in English, Conventions of Written English, and Fine Arts.”)
Cultural definitions for romanticism (2 of 4)
A movement in literature and the fine arts, beginning in the early nineteenth century, that stressed personal emotion, free play of the imagination, and freedom from rules of form. Among the leaders of romanticism in English literature were William Blake, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and William Wordsworth.
Cultural definitions for romanticism (3 of 4)
A movement that shaped all the arts in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Romanticism generally stressed the essential goodness of human beings (see Jean-Jacques Rousseau), celebrated nature rather than civilization, and valued emotion and imagination over reason. (Compare classicism.)
Cultural definitions for romanticism (4 of 4)
A movement in literature, music, and painting in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Romanticism has often been called a rebellion against an overemphasis on reason in the arts. It stressed the essential goodness of human beings (see Jean-Jacques Rousseau), celebrated nature rather than civilization, and valued emotion and imagination over reason. Some major figures of romanticism in the fine arts are the composers Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and Johannes Brahms, and the painter Joseph Turner.