Romanticism period of British Literature- 1798-1832

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Content:

  • human knowledge consists ofimpressions and ideas formed in the  individual’s mind    
  • introduction of gothic  elements and terror/horror stories and novels  
  • in nature one can find comfort and peace that the man-made urbanized towns and factory environments cannot offer

Style/Genres:

  • poetry
  • lyrical ballads

Effects:

  • evil attributed to society not to human nature  
  • human beings are basically good
  • movement of protest: a desire for personal freedom
  • children seen as hapless victims of poverty and exploitation

Historical Context:

  • Napoleon rises to power in France and opposes England militarily and economically
  • gas lamps developed
  • Tory philosophy that government should NOT interfere with private enterprise
  • middle class gains representation in the British parliament
  • Railroads begin to run

Key Literature/Authors:

  • Novelists:
    • Jane Austen
    • Mary Shelley
  • Poets:
    • Robert Burns
    • William Blake
    • William Wordsworth
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Lord Byron
    • Percy Shelley
    • John Keats

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