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What is Romanticism Artistic and intellectual movement that originated in the late 18th century and stressed strong emotion imagination freedom from classical correctness in art forms and rebellion against social conventions The predominance of imagination over reason and formal rules classicism and over the sense of fact or the actual The revival of medievalism in art letters and life Heine Liberalism in literature Victor Hugo It is a more radical kind of expression it seeks out the new the curious and the adventurous BACKGROUND In literature it was Americas first great creative period a full-flowering of the romantic impulse American brand of romanticism developed its own character when writers stopped thinking of themselves as British and started viewing their writing as American Politically the time was ripe The 18th century left a heritage of optimism about mans possibilities and perfectibility The ideals of democracy asserted the value of individuals regardless of class and education Economically America had never been wealthier But the rising materialism was spawning reform movements all over America Over 150 intentional communities were formed by people disillusioned by the materialistic values and inequities of American society Religion always a basic concern for Americans was ready for romanticism and its kind of pantheistic a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe religion Philosophically they reacted against the materialistic educational theories of Locke and rationalism They found truth more a matter of intuition and imagination than logic and reason LITERARY THEMES Highly imaginative Emotional intensity Escapism Common man as hero - such as a farmer or peasant as opposed to nobility or rich people TabgtNature is a source of beauty emotion and inspiration Supernatural - includes ghost stories legends mysterious powers etc Interest in the antique medieval forms Belief in natural goodness of man Man in a state of nature world would behave well but is hindered by civilization ROMANTIC ATTITUDES Appeals
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