Analysis of Themes & the Tenets of Romanticism Within Poetry

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Analysis of Themes & the Tenets of Romanticism within Poetry The romantic period in literature started in roughly the 1790s and ended around the 1830s. This was a period when people’s imagination and love for nature flourished, prospered and then sky-rocketed. When comparing the two poems The Ropewalk and Because I Could Not Stop for Death for theme and tenets of romanticism, it is evident that both poets’ exemplify the power of imagination and the weight of nature through poetic devices. While one poet expresses the individual-self the other contradicts with a more social mindset. These comparisons help reveal that the poets’ purposes are to notice the influence of imagination and to also relish nature. One of the major themes of both…show more content…
Also, notice how “And Immortality.” is it’s own separate line and sentence. This is key because it puts an abundant amount of emphasis on the word immortality, which is the perfect use of diction; it is referring to how people will live on forever and how people’s imagination will live on forever. These two quotes of Long fellow and Dickenson also share the same theme of imagination. They both say that through diction, imagination can inspire us to strive and that we have an infinite and vast imagination that should not be forgotten. Although theme is a vital aspect in the poetry of this time period, another equally important aspect is the expression of the tenets of romanticism. One of the tenets of romanticism has two perspectives. From one perspective the poet writes about what is within himself; from the other perspective the poet writes about an external experience dealing with more than one person. As we analyze The Ropewalk, we can see how Longfellow has a more inner perspective, “Dull and drowsy, makes me feel/ All its spokes are in my brain.” (Longfellow 11-12) Longfellow uses the rhetorical device of diction to help describe a tenet. The poet could have made his poem more general by saying “people feel” or “the brain” but instead he chooses to say, “me feel” and “my brain”. Because the poet used this type of diction he helped define the romantic idea of a more personal and inner self. While this device within this quote is hidden, the romantic

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