Romantic Essay

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Brandon Bull
Hum 2234 section number 4642
Professor Gaustad
Romantic Essay # 2
The era of Romanticism took place from the late 18th century to the late 19th century.   During this period came the industrial revolution along with the imperialism movement especially in France, Britain, and the United States.   Fascination with the unknown, fascination with the remote, love of nature, a revolutionary spirit, and art for art’s sake and individualism are just some of the characteristics that define romanticism.   Emotions and dynamics, and beauty are what most of the literary works, art works, and musical compositions focused on during this romantic period.   Three works that stand out in this era are: Wordsworth’s “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”, Constable’s “The Haywain” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6 in F Major, op. 68.
William Wordsworth was born in the Lake District of England in 1770 where he began his career as a nature poet.   He was the leader of English Romanticism and the inventor of lyrical ballads with his friend Samuel Tyler Coleridge.   Wordsworth defined poetry as “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”, which takes its origin “from emotion recollected in tranquility.”   (Fiero 3).   His most famous work was “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey.”   In this poem he describes deep personal feelings of a place he once visited when he was young.  
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This place was a medieval monastery located on the banks of the Wye River in southwest England.   Here he was able to see the grotesque ruins of this monastery, but also the beauty of how it once looked with trees howling in the background, vines hanging off the massive structure, and the beautiful well lit sky in the background.   As you read his poem and image the picture he makes, it feels as if you are there and you feel complete happiness for a moment.   You can see the clouds moving briskly across the sky, you can hear the beautiful song birds in the...