Essay on Representation of Nature and Emotions in Romanticism

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Romanticism is a philosophical and artistic movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth century that marked a change in the emotional core of literature, philosophy, art, religion, and politics in reaction on the enlightenment. It is a contrast to neo-classicism characterized by the predominance of imagination over reason and formal rules, the love of nature —nature is good; cities are harmful to humans—, the power of individual, an interest in human rights, sentimentality, childhood innocence, the revolutionary spirit and melancholy. Romantic writers reject most of traditional form and themes. According to the Musical Quarterly, probably no two persons may exactly the same conception of what romanticism is. Victor Hugo for instance, …show more content…
In the seventh stanza of the poem he wants a child to hold on to the glory of nature instead of acting like an adult while he isn’t. This is the problem we encounter nowadays in our society. Today because of technology, cultures, civilizations, and other major evolutions, children are very different from how we used to see them ten years ago. For instance, you may find a six year old girl with a cellphone. To be serious who will that girl call? Dora the explorer? Behold the Child among his new-born blisses, A six years ‘Darling of a pigmy size!
See, where mid work of his own hand he lies.
Fretted by sallies of his mother’s kisses… (797)
He shows how beautiful nature is by describing his view of the rainbow, the roses, water, etc. “The Rainbow comes and goes, and lovely is the Rose… Waters on a starry night are beautiful and fair…” (796)
In “The English Romantic Poets, a review of Research”, Ernest Bernbaum states:
The interpretation of Wordsworth’s attitude toward nature has since 1900 passed through three stages: first it was misrepresented; later it was stated correctly but dismissed as a sentimental illusion, scientifically unwarranted; and at long last it was finally recognized as a tenable faith. It was misrepresented by the so-called “humanists “and other critics as a belief that nature wholly “divine and morally uplifting”, that “a walk in the country is the equivalent to going to church