The Romantic Age vs. The Victorian Period Essay

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The Romantic Age and Victorian Period had many similarities, but they had just as many or more differences. They first differed in rule; the Romantic Age didn't have a king or queen, but they did during the Victorian Period. They were similar and different in writing styles, and beliefs. The Industrial Revolution also had a huge effect on both time periods. The Romantic Period was from 1784 until 1832, it brought a more brave, individual, and imaginative approach to both literature and life. During this time the individual became more important than society. Individualism became the center of the Romantic vision (Pfordresher, 423). The Romantic Age in England was a movement that affected all the countries of Western Europe. Romanticism…show more content…
Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years, 1837-1901, the longest in English history. Victorian England was mighty, and its empire circled the globe (Fuller, 284). During her reign, Britain emerged as the world's primary industrial nation. Many people were critical of the society in which they lived (Fuller, 284). Nine-tenth century England became the first modern and industrial nation. During Victoria's reign great economic, social, and political changes occurred in Britain (Merritt, 320). Pfordresher said that "It ruled the most widespread empire in world history, embracing all of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, and many smaller countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean." (Pfordresher, 543). England then started to become unstable and survival seemed doubtful. An English version of the French Revolution seemed dangerously close. The number of people doubled in England between 1801 and 1850. Like the Romantic Age, the population shifted from rural areas to the newly industrialized cities (Pfordresher, 544). "The Victorian years did bring increasing efforts to achieve political, social, and economic reforms to meet the changes created by industrialization," said by Pfordresher (Pfordresher, 545). The 1840's were the worst of the century for employment, hunger, and disease. Another difference between the Romantic Age and the Victorian Period is the way that the writers wrote and in what
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