Analysis Of The Poem ' Shelley 's Rage Against The Machine '

1341 Words Mar 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Tony Truong
Prof. M. C. Kronbeck
English 206
16 March 2015
A Song to Shelley’s Rage Against the Machine The romantic period was heralded by a sudden welling of economic progress, new philosophical thinking, and revolutionary political discourse that would ultimately change the course of history in 19th century England. This dynamic change was evident in the way society in England transitioned from an aristocratic, land-owner based social structure to a society that catered to the needs of the working class that brought about the Industrial Revolution, a period of rapid changes that introduced new innovations in the technological and manufacturing field to the world. However, the Industrial Revolution also played a part in some of the pervading societal struggles occurring in England at the time. Because of the terrible conditions occurring in factories across the country, the working and middle class were afforded fresh impetus to rise against oppressors, but much of the time could not do so in fear of intimidation and loss of their job and income. Workers, for instance, could not voice their dissent about their condition since workers were seen as expendable by the upper class. Meanwhile, as economic conditions dramatically improved the economy and shoddy working conditions went unnoticed in England, romanticist poets and writers were slowly taking notice. Through the works of authors and poets of the romantic period, dissent was voiced vociferously by poets such as Percy…
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