romantic period : between 1780 and 1830, it refers to writing produced in a specific period of time‘romanticism’ refers to a new set of thinking and feeling about the world who spread in Europe, influencing music and painting as well as literaturethe era in which the Romantics wrote was a very stormy period : age of war, upheaval, and particular age of war ( 1775 to 1850 ). the fist generation lived through the events of the French revolution and its effects can be seen in their works.« Lyrical Ballads » collection of poems by WB, and STC kind of ‘revolutionary manifesto’ for literature, in which he outlines some of the ideas that lie behind what we know call romantic poetry
- power of the people
- individual experience
- real language
Romantic writers :First generation :.
William Blake (1757 – 1827 )« the Book of Urizen »« Infant Joy »« Infant Sorrow »Samuel Taylor Coleridge ( 1772 – 1834 )William Wordsworth ( 1770 – 1850 )Second generation :Lord Byron ( 1788 – 1824 )John Keats (1795 – 1821 )« to my Borther »« th Eve od St Agnes » about life and deaths his thoughts.Percy Bysshe Shelley ( 1792 – 1822 )William Wordsworth.« The principal object, then, proposed in these Poems was to choose incidents and situations from common life, and to relate or describe them, throughout, as far as was possible in a selection of language really used by men, and, at the same time, to throw over them a certain colouring of imagination, whereby ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual way »« My heart leaps up » lyrical poem.
- natural word was important to Wordsworth, who grew up close to the English Lake District
- studied at Cambridge
- he was supported by his friendship with S.T.C and the devoted companionship with his sister Dorothy into his devotion to poetry
- attention to his own ‘self’ rather than looking only to the world outside himself for topics
- autobiographical poem The Prelude
Lyrical or narrative ?
- lyrical poems tend to be reflective, particular moment of the poet’s experience, and then find a deeper meaning or significance to it
- narrative poems tell a story pic 1pic 2
Songs of innocence 1789