The Contributions Of The Romantic Era And Romanticism

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There was a time for reason, as well as a time for love. As we have seen from our past, today we have time for both. The Age of Reason, also known as the Enlightenment, took place during the 18th century, which was a time for philosophers to thrive. They sought out the truth behind our everyday lives, to figure out how they shaped our society. The Romantic Era or Romanticism took place during the late 18th century to the late 19th century focused on following people’s hearts more than their minds. These time periods played a key role in shaping the society we know and live in today. Elon Musk said it best when it came to the Enlightenment, “Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment.” The…show more content…
Another key role during the Enlightenment was Voltaire, a famous French philosopher. Voltaire believed that a good government would make the citizens happy and in return make the country flourish. He fought the religious side of the after-effects of the revolution. He often blamed religion, especially Christianity, for the persecution of others. Voltaire wanted to break away from the empires still left from the French Revolution. His philosophy was that humans shouldn’t let hate tear them apart, rather they should seek a common goal to rise above it. On behalf on Romanticism, Charles Baudelaire stated, “To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art - that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.” Romanticism, known as the time of being intellectual, perfecting literacy, and showing your true colors through art. This was a response to the period of Enlightenment. After the harsh reality of the war and the effects, Romantics sought to provide the world a more peaceful way of living. This movement emphasized the emotions and feelings of people through the various themes and outlets. During the Romantic Era, people could feel different emotions and themes through the literature. Comparing a woman’s beauty to the sunshine, or comparing a love bursting into flames like a fire, was often written to represent nature. Author Mary Shelley was another important factor of the Romantic
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