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Unformatted text preview: Romanticism was a movement in poetry (and art and literature in general) of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in revolt against the type of poetry of previous centuries. It allowed poets to write about anything; no longer were there 'fit subjects for writing'. The German poet Friedrich Schlegel first used the term romantic to describe literature, defining it as "literature depicting emotional matter in an imaginative form." "Many hold to the theory that it was in Britain that the Romantic Movement really started quite early in the 18th century one can discern a definite shift in sensibility and feeling, particularly in relation to the natural order and Nature" (J.A. Cuddon) "TEARS, idle tears, I know not what they mean," "Tears from the depth of some divine despair" The word 'divine' has religious connotations as it means heavenly or sacred, but 'despair'...
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