Britain During The Romantic Period

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Britain during the Romantic period saw a momentous shift from a mainly agrarian economy to a booming industrial revolution. Over the course of this transition, the poet William Wordsworth saw from the populous the abandonment of nature and, as a result, the depreciation of the natural world. Deeply anguished by this behavior, Wordsworth wrote his poetry to respond to this shift. Wordsworth appeals to the qualitative beauty and spiritual dimensions of nature in his poetry in order to reinstitute the once commonplace perspective of the appreciation of the natural world that had been diluted by the emergence of industrial capitalism during his lifetime. The Romantic Era in Britain lasted from around 1789 CE and ended in 1832 CE. A major transformation in this era occurred with the introduction of industry as a main form of economic activity. Due to increased efficiency of farming from inventions such as the seed drill and new fertilizers, the agrarian economy no longer needed a massive workforce to attain a food supply that could feed the empire. Instead, the workforce was needed to work in factories that created manufactured items such as textiles, machinery, and tools. This resulted in mass interregional migration of the population from the farmlands to the work of industry in dense mega-cities such as Liverpool and London. In the urban world, the hustle and bustle of work and wealth transformed the view on the environment from a qualitative sight to quantitative price.…
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