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The Romantic sonnet holds in its topics the ideals of the time period concentrating on emotion nature and the expression of nothing The Romantic era was one that focused on the commonality of humankind and while using emotion and nature the poets and their works shed light on peoples universal natures In Charlotte Smiths Sonnet XII - Written on the Sea Shore the speaker of the poem embodies two important aspects of Romantic work in relating his or her personal feelings and emotions and also in having a focused and detailed natural setting The speaker takes his or her solitary seat near the shore of a stormy sea and reflects upon life and the wild gloomy scene that suits the mournful temper of his or her soul ll4 78 While much Romantic writing dealt with love and the struggles endured due to love there was also emphasis placed on isolation as seen in the emotions of Smiths speaker and also in the setting on the work Nature in many Romantic sonnets is in direct parallel with the emotions being conveyed Smith for example uses the water to aid the readers comprehension of the speakers state of mind Included in this traditional natural setting is the use of the sea as stormy deep extensive and dark which ties the speaker in with the setting as the scene applies to the tone of the poem as well Also characteristic of the Romantic sonnet is the retreat from the neo-classical age and its significant historical references into a new age where it becomes common to speak of nothing In William Wordsworths Composed Upon Westminster Bridge there is no deeper meaning to be grasped other than the beauty of the days dawning The speakers view of the morning and its majesty and the calm that comes over the speaker are central ideas in the poem ll 3 11 In this sonnet it is again apparent how influential and
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