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The Romantic Poets speak even though their time is past A poem may reflect the period in which it is written but the Romantic poets will forever inspire the imaginations of humanity by writing on that which can exist only in the imagination itself a poem ensures it perpetuity by inspiring thought in those people who read it even if only one The Romantic era of poetry was from the late 1700s through to the mid 1800s and saw the likes of Blake Keats Wordsworth and Coleridge At that time the world was rife with revolution and battles fought in America and France were a main topic of conversation among all Turmoil and passion were in the air and just as there was uprising in countries there was uprising in the poetic world Poets across the globe began to write with emotion in response to a century of neoclassicism a form abundant with rigid structures and restrained feelings These seditious works emphasized the poets passion rather than reason and imagination and intuition rather than logic They favoured full and unrestricted expression of emotion and free spontaneous action rather than restraint and order The Romantics saw nature as a living spirit attuned to human feelings of love and compassion and they yearned for the unreachable infinite The Romantics believed that even though humanity knew only a small part of reality though our five senses we still concerned ourselves almost entirely with scientific truth and materialistic values gained through our senses They postulated that we would not understand the vast reality beyond our senses and achieve full control of ourselves until we learned to trust our instincts energies and imaginations The Romantics fiery passion for life and nature is embodied in Shelleys Ode to the West Wind an earnest invocation of a surging wind and a poem about the Romantic spirit The force of this passionate revolutionary wind is so great that
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