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Culture Romanticism and Realism IRomanticism aAbout romanticism 1At the end of the 18th century a new intellectual movement known as romanticism emerged as a reaction to the ideas of the Enlightenment 2The romantics emphasized feelings emotions and imagination as sources of knowing 3The romantics believed that emotion and sentiment were only understandable to the person experiencing them 4Romantics also valued individualism the belief in the uniqueness of each person 5Many romantics had a passionate interest in the past They revived medieval architecture and built castles cathedrals city halls parliamentary buildings and even railway stations in a style called neo-Gothic 6The novels of Walter Scott became best-sellers in the first half of the 19th century 7The exotic and unfamiliar also attracted many romantics This attraction gave rise to Gothic literature 8The romantics viewed poetry as the direct expression of the soul 9Romantics believed that nature served as a mirror into which humans could look to and learn about themselves 10The worship of a nature also caused Wordsworth and other romantic poets to be critical of 18th century science which they believed had reduced nature to a cold object to study 11Like the literary arts visual arts were deeply affected by romanticism 12To many romantics music was the most romantic of the arts because it enabled the composer to probe deeply into human emotions 13One of the greatest composers of all time Ludwig Beethoven was the bridge between the classical and romantic periods in music IIA New Age of Science aAbout the new age of science 1The Scientific Revolution had created a modern rational approach to the study of the natural world 2In Biology the Frenchman Louis Pasteur proposed the germ theory of disease which was crucial to the development of modern scientific medical practices 3In Chemistry the Russian Dmitry Mendeleyev in the 1860s classified all the material elements then known on the basis of their atomic weights 4The dramatic material benefits often provided by science and
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