The Romantic Period Of William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, And Mary Shelley

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The Romantic period was primarily an intellectual movement filled with and moved by art, and literature. The era is seen by many as an outbreak or revolt against the “norms,” not only that but many see the movement as one of the main reactions to the rationalization of both science and nature as well, the era that some would refer to as the Enlightenment. When thought of or talked about today Romanticism is more commonly associated with liberalism and radicalism. The movement was based on the idea that intense emotion could actually be used as an actual and valid source, it also confronted the sublimity of nature and many, if not all, of its picturesque qualities. This period was home to many great writers, writers such as Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Mary Shelley. One can imagine that among the many topics that preoccupied the many different works and ideas of these Romantic poets and writers was the Romantic conception of sublime, or idea of being able to connect to one’s own experiences of awe and other emotions like those of terror or even danger. The writers and poets of the Romantic era would no doubt have been familiar with this concept. In fact, this the Romantic conception of sublime shows up repeatedly throughout Mary Shelley’s work, Frankenstein. Shelley is able to bring the idea of sublimity into her text by not only using her imagination, and the thoughts and ideas of her colleagues and fellow writers, but also by…
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