Influences of the Romantic Period

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Influences on the Romantic Period Romanticism spawned in the late 18th century and flourished in the early and mid-19th century. Romanticism emphasized the irrational, the imaginative, the personal, the spontaneous, the emotional, the visionary, the transcendental, and the individual. Romanticism is often viewed as a rejection of the ideologies of Classicism and Neoclassicisms, namely calm, order, harmony, idealization, rationality and balance. Some characteristics of Romanticism include: emotion over reason, senses over intellect, love for nature, use of the hero and the exceptional figure in general, emphasis of imagination being the gateway to spiritual truth, and an interest in folk culture. Romanticism was preceded by related…show more content…
Percy Shelley’s “The Necessity of Atheism” was heavily influenced by Shelley’s religious belief, atheism. In Necessity of Atheism Shelley argues that there is no evidence for a God based on observation or experience. This line of argument indicates the major influence of the Enlightenment philosophers on his perspective, but religion is still the main influence because his religious belief is the foundation of the writing. Religious influence on Romantic authors is further shown by Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immortality. “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” is influenced by Wordsworth’s belief in Pantheism and is demonstrated by his use of nature throughout. Pantheism is also shown when Wordsworth states that children are more pure and closer to nature than adults, but that as adults, recollection of youth can give one a closer philosophical relationship with nature. Though Shelley and Wordsworth pursued two completely different paths with their texts they both arrived at the same point, having deep personal religious beliefs that very strongly influenced their writing (James Cooper). Religion was prominent during the Romantic Era in the same way that classical mythology was important in previous era’s; Romantic authors used religious imagery in the same way that they would use other ancient traditions that they no longer believed in. Faust by Goethe for example, has many Christian
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