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Innocence and Experience—William Blake Later 18 th century witnesses a move away from neo-classical emphasis on order. Move toward the Revolutionary impulses of Romanticism. On the political level, American Revolution of 1776; French Revolution of 1789- . Also on the aesthetic and cultural level. New emphasis on individual, feelings. Cf. Gray: “And leaves the world to darkness and to me The two Wesley brothers—John, and Charles—were leaders of the Methodist movement. Evangelical Christianity, brought religion
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Unformatted text preview: of feeling to the masses. On the aesthetic level, “feeling” was most evident in “The Sublime”: the realm of experience beyond the measurable. Longinus, “On the Sublime” Edmund Burke, “Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful” Immanuel Kant, “Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime” Sublime often contrasted with the merely “beautiful”, which is pleasing but not terrifying and grand....
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