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Romantic poetry

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Introduction

What common features have you discovered in the selection of romantic poetry? Refer to specific examples in your answer. In the romantic period in British Literature poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, Bryan, Shelley and Keats reflected the revolution and created spirit of the age. Some have attributed the romantic era of poetry as a reaction against the enlightenment and the industrial revolution. Romantic poetry displays a return to nature by man, which is strongly seen in the works of Wordsworth. The romantics were tired of the exhaustion of reason and the search for truth and so they began to embrace beauty, and dismissed reason. This is particularly shown in London, although can be seen throughout romantic poetry as a whole. The third stanza of London shows that industry was not only affecting London economically, but is also a rising profession for many of the citizens of London, although portrays that it is also a corrupt system: "Every blackening church appals" This quote refers to the young chimney sweeps ...read more.

Middle

To a sky lark does not use nature to reflect the people within the poems moods, but the use of a familiarised bird like a sky lark makes the poem cater to all audiences as they can picture the bird that is the main feature of the poem and relate to its qualities, and recognise those that it gains within the poem. Religion is also a common guest amongst the poems, with it being a large feature in To A sky Lark and London. There is a huge religious feeling identified within London, and a suggestion that the writer is communicating with a God. In To a sky lark, the bird is given heavenly qualities that the audience would not expect it to have "That from Heaven, or near it". The poem is showing the audience that all life forms are technically just bone and flesh, but as they develop and grow throughout their life, they develop certain qualities. ...read more.

Conclusion

The poet has obviously just been separated from a lover, and the poem is about the feelings that he has inside him after the separation. There is immense loneliness and solitude portrayed by the poem, and the fact that the poet is still feeling downcast by the separation is particularly shown by the line "Though the heart still be as loving", which shows that it was probably not the poet that initiated the split, and as a result he is feeling lost and alone. There are a number of themes running throughout romantic poetry, some underlying yet some particularly obvious throughout the whole selection. The anti - Industrialism used relates more to the era of romantic poetry, whereas the common themes of loneliness, solitude, mystery and fantasy are more to do with what romantic poetry's basis is, and the fact that these are themes which make romantic poetry similar. Although there are some subtle differences running through the selection, fundamentally the similarities outweigh the differences. Aisling Burke ...read more.

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