Romantic Themes

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Romancing the Heart The Romantic period was a time when not only the world was changing but also the way people were thinking the writers of the period started writing from a different approach than authors of the past. Romantic period writers took notice of the importance of the individual and the many forms of these experiences connection with nature, embrace of pride, and a rejection of social standards. This essay will focus on connections with nature and the authors of the times who emphasized glory, beauty, and power of the natural world.
In the poets of this era there is a development in the works, the celebration of nature for its own sake in doing so the authors have broken with their predecessors. Although writers, such as Dante or Chaucer would have viewed nature as part of God’s creation and a reflection of divine power in the world in regard to its beauty and a reflection of evil in the world in regard to its dangers. As man moves into the modern romantic age the natural world of Europe has changed dangerous border regions and highways have been put under control, making travel safer and easier than ever before leading to new recreational sports such as hiking. Urban cities have grown larger, and that leads many people to desire a return to nature in all its simplicity, it is nostalgia for an old Europe.
The perfect example of an author who mixed a desire for simplicity with nostalgia for the past is Williams Wordsworth in Tintern Abbey both these impulses can be seen when he writes, “Though changed, no doubt, from what I was when first I came among these hills; when like a roe I bounded o’er the mountains, by the sides of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams” (as cited in the Longman Anthology of World Literature). Wordsworth take on nature may be naive and his views on the simple life and the people who lead it may be condescending, but…...

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