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The dictionary defines the term romantic as displaying expressive of or conducive to love imaginative but impractical visionary not based on fact imaginary or fictitious hence fanciful marvelous extravagant unreal Much to my surprise this meaning and the meaning portrayed in its era of poetry are quite similar The word romanticism has a complex and interesting history In the Middle Ages romance meant to compose or translate books in the vernacular The work produced was then called romanz roman romanzo and romance A roman or romant came to be known as an imaginative work and a courtly romance The terms also signified a popular book There are early suggestions that it was something new different divergent By the 17th century in Britain romance had acquired the derogatory connotations of fanciful bizarre exaggerated chimerical It was later used in the sense of gentle melancholy Many hold to the theory that it was in Britain that the romantic movement really started At any rate quite early in the 18th century a definite shift in sensibility and feeling can be easily seen particularly in relation to the natural order of life and nature itself As time progresses each era can be pinpointed with just a few defining elements The Romantic Era is no different than any other It happened during the industrial age yet still focused on nature and its ways Imagination and creativity along with youth and self-renewal were embraced Romanticism was a movement in poetry and art and literature in general of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in revolt against the type of poetry of previous centuries It allowed poets to write about anything no longer were there fit subjects for writing It introduced the use of realistic-sounding language and talked about first-hand experience thus communicating meaning much more effectively to the reader The German poet Friedrich Schlegel first used the term romantic to describe literature defining it as literature depicting emotional matter in an imaginative
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