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  • 1. Romanticism: The Artistic Revolution

2. What is Romanticism? Romanticism has very little to do with things popularly thought of as "romantic," although love may occasionally be the subject of Romantic art. Rather, it is an international artistic and philosophical movement that redefined the fundamental ways in which people in Western cultures thought about themselves and about their world. 3. A Revolution of the Arts??? Yes, indeed! When Americans were fighting for their freedom, heads were rolling on the guillotine of the French Revolution, artists, musicians, philosophers, and poets were revolutionizing their areas as well as they moved from the Neo-classical to the Romantic. and 4. The Arts Neo-classicism Romanticism 5. Music Greats of the Romantic Era Chopin Von Weber Beethoven 6. Romantic Philosophers Rousseau Goethe Schelling 7. Poets of the Romantic Era Coleridge Keats Shelley Wordsworth Byron These five poets are the greats of the Romantic poets. We will study the works of three of them, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. 8. Characteristics of Romanticism 1. Love of nature in all its aspects. 2. Concern for the common man. 3. Interest in the imagination, especially the supernatural. 4. Rebellion against authority. 5. Interest in past legends. 6. Involvement with the lonely and melancholic, especially in contemplation of eventual death. 9. Pay close attention!!! Those characteristics will be VERY important to this entire poetry unit. We will go over each one in detail in the Live session to make sure you understand each one. You are going to LOVE this unit! 10. Pay close attention!!! Those characteristics will be VERY important to this entire poetry unit. We will go over each one in detail in the Live session to make sure you understand each one. You are going to LOVE this unit!