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Pre-Romanticism * Artists, philosophers, and writers rebelled against the rational, orderly forms of Neoclassicism * Their works celebrated emotion over reason, nature over human artifice, ordinary people over aristocrats, and spontaneity and wildness over decorum and control. * The late eighteenth century marked the end of the Enlightenment and the beginning of the Romantic Era. * The end of the century was notable for the emergence of Pre-Romantic poetry. The poets of this period showed tendencies toward Romanticism in their emotional explorations and in their perceptions of nature as wild and untamed. \Three Generations of Romantics * The first poets of this period are usually called the Pre-Romantics, Robert Burns, William Blake, and Thomas Gray
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Unformatted text preview: * The true beginning of the Romantic Era came with the publication in 1798 of Lyrical Ballads , a collection of poems by William Wordsworth (1770– 1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) * In the preface to that book, Wordsworth explained his revolutionary theory of poetry. * He stated that poetry should be about common people and events and should be written in the language of ordinary men and women. * Following in the footsteps of Wordsworth and Coleridge were the “second generation” of Romantic Era poets. These younger poets—George Gordon, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats —carried on the tradition of Wordsworth and Coleridge, celebrating emotion over reason and nature over science....
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