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Romantic Period

The forum for this week addresses the third learning objective: Produce an original opinion based on assigned literature and the fourth learning objective: Discuss major literary movements in English literature from the 18th century to the present.

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After completing the assigned readings and reviewing the resources, discuss the reading of one of the assigned literary authors you believe best represents the Romantic period and why. (Hint: consider common characteristics of Romantic literature as discussed in the introductory reading and documentaries)

Romantic Period

Guiding Points

The Romantic period, like most literary movements, was shaped by the historical context of England. As you complete the assigned readings, please pay close attention to how nature is represented by each of our assigned authors.

Wordsworth and Coleridge

Wordsworth and Coleridge are critical Romantic authors. In fact, Wordsworth’s “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” (1798) is a manifesto of sorts for the Romantic Period and its poets. Coleridge’s emphasis on the possibilities of imagination adds the fantastic subject matter we also associate with the Romantic Period. In England, the voice of Romanticism is primarily the voice of the poet, and our reading this week reflects some of the greatest personae of the time.

The Romantic Period is also a time of contradictions. The Industrial revolution that takes shape in the 1780s creates conflict for poets and others reconciling their place in a society that is increasingly ignoring its most vulnerable citizens. The French Revolution’s disastrous results also quell the strong emotion of many poets who, like Wordsworth, had earlier considered the Revolution a positive social landmark.

One thing the Romantics had in common is that they were all visionaries. Researching their visions is often key to understanding the work. If you take Yeats, for instance, his vision was a bit supernatural. After death, he did not want to come back in any bodily form. He wanted to come back as artifice. His complicated vision can be seen in the poem, Sailing to Byzantium:

O sages standing in God’s holy fire

As in the gold mosaic of a wall,

Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,

And be the singing-masters of my soul.

Consume my heart away; sick with desire

And fastened to a dying animal

It knows not what it is; and gather me

Into the artifice of eternity.

Once out of nature I shall never take

My bodily form from any natural thing,

But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make

Of hammered gold and gold enamelling

To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;

Or set upon a golden bough to sing

To lords and ladies of Byzantium

Of what is past, or passing, or to come. (17-32)

http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/sailing-byzanti…

The vision is clarified is some of his other poems. It is up to you, as the researcher to uncover such gems offered by the Romantics.

Wordsworth thought that nature nurtured. What he meant by this is that nature could teach us all we needed to know about the world. This can be best seen in his poem, Nutting:

Nutting

By William Wordsworth

—It seems a day

( I speak of one from many singled out)

One of those heavenly days that cannot die;

When, in the eagerness of boyish hope,

I left our cottage-threshold, sallying forth

With a huge wallet o’er my shoulders slung,

A nutting-crook in hand; and turned my steps

Tow’rd some far-distant wood, a Figure quaint,

Tricked out in proud disguise of cast-off weeds

Which for that service had been husbanded,

By exhortation of my frugal Dame—

Motley accoutrement, of power to smile

At thorns, and brakes, and brambles,—and, in truth,

More ragged than need was! O’er pathless rocks,

Through beds of matted fern, and tangled thickets,

Forcing my way, I came to one dear nook

Unvisited, where not a broken bough

Drooped with its withered leaves, ungracious sign

Of devastation; but the hazels rose

Tall and erect, with tempting clusters hung,

A virgin scene!—A little while I stood,

Breathing with such suppression of the heart

As joy delights in; and, with wise restraint

Voluptuous, fearless of a rival, eyed

The banquet;—or beneath the trees I sate

Among the flowers, and with the flowers I played;

A temper known to those, who, after long

And weary expectation, have been blest

With sudden happiness beyond all hope.

Perhaps it was a bower beneath whose leaves

The violets of five seasons re-appear

And fade, unseen by any human eye;

Where fairy water-breaks do murmur on

F or ever; and I saw the sparkling foam,

And—with my cheek on one of those green stones

That, fleeced with moss, under the shady trees,

Lay round me, scattered like a flock of sheep—

I heard the murmur, and the murmuring sound,

In that sweet mood when pleasure loves to pay

Tribute to ease; and, of its joy secure,

The heart luxuriates with indifferent things,

Wasting its kindliness on stocks and stones,

And on the vacant air. Then up I rose,

And dragged to earth both branch and bough, with crash

And merciless ravage: and the shady nook

Of hazels, and the green and mossy bower,

Deformed and sullied, patiently gave up

Their quiet being: and, unless I now

Confound my present feelings with the past;

Ere from the mutilated bower I turned

Exulting, rich beyond the wealth of kings,

I felt a sense of pain when I beheld

The silent trees, and saw the intruding sky.—

Then, dearest Maiden, move along these shades

In gentleness of heart; with gentle hand

Touch—for there is a spirit in the woods.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174802

In this poem, he beats the tree with a stick, until he sees a hole in the sky where the tree had been. He instantly realizes he was wrong for harming the tree. In this way, nature has taught him that he was wrong. Wordsworth believed that nature could teach everything you ever needed to know about the world.

Wordsworth also believed we were all born into a light, which we could see as children. Growing older, the light faded, until we could no longer see it. This can be seen in the first stanza of, Ode:

ODE

INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY FROM RECOLLECTIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

                                   I

          THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
          The earth, and every common sight,
                    To me did seem
                  Apparelled in celestial light,
          The glory and the freshness of a dream.
          It is not now as it hath been of yore;--
                  Turn wheresoe'er I may,
                    By night or day,
          The things which I have seen I now can see no more. (1-9)

http://www.bartleby.com/145/ww331.html

You can see how the light is literal to him as a child. He can see everything bathed in it and it is a divine light. No matter how hard he tries to see it as a man, he cannot. This is clear in that first stanza. It is time that gets in the way of things, or perhaps the loss of innocence.

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