midterm romantic - The Romantic Period 1785-1830 a mode of literature associated with the Middle Ages and the Renaissance(A.W Schlegel critic

midterm romantic - The Romantic Period 1785-1830 a mode of...

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The Romantic Period 1785-1830 a mode of literature associated with the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (A.W. Schlegel - critic - Romaniticism) revolutionary--> changed the way of writing turns away from optimism of the Enlightenment all human being are potentially rational Major historical events 1793 - Louis XVI beheaded. rise of Robespierre-"Reign of Terror" 1794- Robespierre sent to guillotine 1793-1815- war (England v France). England suspends habeas corpus & other liberties. Sedition Act. 1815 Waterloo. Napoleon defeated 1804- Napoleon crowns himself emperor 1807- England abolishes slave trade Industrial Revolution. agri-indi. towns grow. depletion of rural pop. poverty gap widens. 1819- Manchester. St. Peter's. Peterloo Massacre. m/w/c killed in peaceful assembly 1830- Reform Bill. easier to qualify to vote Trends of Romanticism 1. emphasis on subjective experience 2. emphasis on faculty of imagination 3. emergence of lyric poem written in first person 4. emphasis on feelings 5. turn to nature. meditative. reflect on personal change. 6. interest in ordinary life & supernatural 7. solitary speakers encountering solitary characters. alienation. Blake, William 1757-1827 eccentric genius. nonaristocrat. artist. bizarre. created personal mythology. religous but disliked religious dogmatism/orthodoxy influences: The Bible. John Milton. "All Religions are One/ There is No Natural Religion" style of proverbs. energy. restraint. chaotic. anarchy. ironic use of personas. systematic rigor. empiricism and philosophy trend of the human being as a blank slate; acquire knowledge and impressions "TNNRa" human being as bounded. limited. Blake wants to enact Poetic Genius. transcend bounded being. "TNNRb" visionary seeing beyond seeing. see something intangible. force movement. "ARO" Poetic Genius is the source of all religion religions are different receptions of Poetic Genius Blake is tolerant of Religion. but not of priesthood. priesthood= control. dictate education/perceptions of others Songs of Innocence and Experience not a linear progression from innocence to experience
most speakers in Innocence are children or child-like "The Lamb" speaker is a child? teacher? child repeating a lesson?AMBIGUOUS questions asked have guaranteed answers. set up like nursery rhyme. simplistic rhyme scheme. "The Tyger" speaker: not a child. possible adult duality- tiger as fearful dangerous. rhetorical/unanswered questions. divine as an exercise of imagination. divine within. something to do with the systems humans make not lamb v tyger but Blake v system animals act. humans judge. "London" speaker: solitary adult. apart of system discussed. 1. charter'd street. humans. man made charter'd Thames. cultured. shipping rights. restraint. even public spaces are legislated. 2. mark-verb-notice. mark-noun-impression the speaker is part of charteriing & marks marks of weakness...woe. weakness is passive 3. repitition of every. uniformity. grid effect. imprisonment.

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