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Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty. The Romantic Period 1798-1832. Rulers of the Era (1798-1832). George III – 1760 – 1820 Lost the American Revolution Declared insane – 1811 Son named Prince Regent – Regency Period George IV – 1820 – 1830 Scandalous reputation William – 1830-1837

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beauty is truth truth beauty
Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty

The Romantic Period

1798-1832

rulers of the era 1798 1832
Rulers of the Era (1798-1832)
  • George III – 1760 – 1820
    • Lost the American Revolution
    • Declared insane – 1811
    • Son named Prince Regent – Regency Period
  • George IV – 1820 – 1830
    • Scandalous reputation
  • William – 1830-1837
    • Brother of George IV
    • 10 illegitimate children – no legitimate heir
ruler of the next era
Ruler of the Next Era
  • Victoria – 1837 - 1901
    • Daughter of youngest brother
    • Came to throne at age 18
    • Determined to restore morality and decency
    • Period called The Victorian Era
major happenings
Major Happenings
  • The American Revolution (1776):
    • Loss of British prestige, confidence and economy
  • The French Revolution (1789):
    • Ruling class fears an overthrow of the King and the rise of the lower classes
  • Napoleonic War (1793-1804):
    • Results in war between France and England (again); great suspicion of French spies; agitators held in prison without trial.
  • Industrial Revolution Continues
    • Urban population lives in appalling conditions; good produced by machine and not by hand
  • Laissez Faire Business/ Government Principles
    • The rich get richer and the poor get poorer
society the haves and have nots
Society – the haves and have nots
  • Inhuman working conditions
  • Slave wages
  • Moral collapse
  • Disease
  • Squalid living conditions
why romanticism
Why Romanticism
  • A rebellion against the age of reason – too scientific
  • A reaction to society’s ills brought on by industrialization
  • Belief in trusting one’s emotions
  • Questioning tradition and authority
  • Remember– Romanticism doesn’t imply love stories but only an optimistic, idealistic outlook on life
what romantics wrote about
What Romantics Wrote About
  • Faraway places
  • Inspiration through nature
  • Forbidden ancient knowledge
  • Fantasy and escape
  • Praise of the common man
  • Glorification of the social outcast – the rebel
  • Exploration of the dark side of life
writers of the era the poets
Writers of the Era – The Poets
  • William Wordsworth
    • The World is Too Much with Us
  • John Keats
    • On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
  • Robert Burns
    • To a Mouse
  • William Blake
    • The Tyger / The Lamb
  • Lord Byron (George Gordon)
    • She Walks in Beauty
writers of the era the poets1
Writers of the Era – The Poets
  • Percy Shelly
    • To a Skylark
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    • Kubla Khan
writers of the era the novelists
Writers of the Era – the Novelists
  • Jane Austen
    • Pride and Prejudice
  • Henry Fielding
    • The History of Tom Jones – a Foundling
  • Mary Shelly
    • Frankenstein
  • Sir Walter Scott
    • Ivanhoe
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