The French Revolution Of The 18th Century

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The French Revolution of the 18th Century presented a theme of hope and change for new political and artistic thought processes as it fought for equal rights over oppression. This Revolution marked the beginning of the Romantic Period, effectively inspiring poets to pursue raw emotion rather than logic or reason as in the previous age. In turn, the revolution gave great influence to several key social poets of the time such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. Accordingly, these poets illustrated the ideals of these revolutionary beliefs to reach the public consciousness of their society through poetic portrayals of the individual achieving greatness or personal understanding through the emotion of nature. As a result, this explication will demonstrate an exploration of romantic techniques to create an interpretation of my poem while examining the elements of Romantic poetry in general based on the works of Coleridge and Wordsworth. The romantic period in English literature revolves around several focal points including imagination, nature, individualism and romantic love centering on human emotion. In turn, original Romantic Poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge embodied these themes within their poetry while adding supplemental concepts to develop the overall story. My Poem “Awake” embodies these same themes in interpreting the techniques and concepts of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Firstly, “Awake” illustrates a speaker commanding a common individual to
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