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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


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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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