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Amy Sexton Matthew Holland Lit Trans 275 28 October 2008 The Use of Romanticism in “Anne Lisbeh” Romanticism began in the early 19 th century. It consisted of an artistic and literary movement focusing on the power of nature and the idea of ‘das Volk’, meaning the folk or peasantry of the country. According to Elizabeth A. Fay, author of the book Romantic Medievalism: History and the Romantic Literary Ideal , “The movement stressed strong emotion as a source of aesthetic experience, placing new emphasis on such emotions as trepidation, horror and awe—especially that which is experienced in confronting the sublimity of untamed nature and its picturesque qualities, both new aesthetic categories.” Hans Christian Andersen was a product of his times — of Romanticism, of the revival of the imaginative spirit. Andersen’s story, Anne Lisbeth , directly fits into the Romanticism perspective. Anne Lisbeth portrays the idea of Romanticism through symbolization of the power of the nature and the natural world, the peasantry portrayal within the story and the idea of supernatural beings. Anne Lisbeth contains many references to nature and the natural world. Anne Lisbeth’s son spends the majority of his time outdoors, alone. “If it rained he had to stay where he was, for he was tending the cow; he was wet to the skin and he had to wait for
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the wind to dry him.” This particular personification gives life to the wind. The wind almost takes on a maternal role, drying the boy after he had been poured on. Romanticism mainly takes on the idea of nature, and personifying its’ qualities and
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