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Romanticism and Aestheticism. Making the connection. Romanticism. Reaction to Enlightenment (reason was the source of legitimacy and authority) Poetry emphasized intuition over reason Most of the writing took place from 1789-1824

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Romanticism and aestheticism

Romanticism and Aestheticism

Making the connection


Romanticism

Romanticism

  • Reaction to Enlightenment (reason was the source of legitimacy and authority)

  • Poetry emphasized intuition over reason

  • Most of the writing took place from 1789-1824

  • Response to political repression from war with France (Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815)

  • Romantic poetry emphasized intuition over reason and pastoral over urban

  • Translating emotive responses into poetry

  • “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”


Romantic poets

Romantic Poets

  • William Blake

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Lord Byron

  • William Wordsworth

  • John Keats

  • Percy Shelley

  • *You should look up biographical information about each author


Victorian aestheticism

Victorian Aestheticism

  • Emphasized aesthetic values over moral and social themes

  • Occurred between 1868-1901

  • Walter Pater – life needed to be lived intensely, following the ideal of beauty

  • Science was inferior to intuition

  • Influences included Oscar Wilde and Algernon Charles Swinburne


Putting it all together

Putting it all together

  • What connections can be drawn between Romanticism and Aestheticism?

  • What discrepancies exist between the two movements?


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