The characteristics of Romanticism as an artistic movement.

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The characteristics of Romanticism as an artistic movement

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Romanticism as an Artistic Movement

        A significant period of the development of mankind in arts is Romanticism (1770-1832). Romanticism, an artistic and literary expression of Liberal thought, was initially introduced in Spain in 1820. Romanticism emphasized the subjective, the irrational, the imaginative, the spontaneous, the emotional, the visionary, the beautiful and rebellion against social conventions.

        Romanticism can be seen as a rejection of the precepts of order, calm, harmony, balance, and rationality that characterized Classicism in general and late 18th century, Neoclassicism in particular. It was also to some extent a reaction against the Enlightenment and against 18th-century rationalism and physical materialism in general.  The thesis of this paper is to point up the tenets of Romanticism.

        Firstly, an influential characteristic of the romance was its evocation of strong, irrational emotions-particularly horror. Whereas Voltaire and his comrades had abhorred "enthusiasm" and strove to dispel the mists of superstition; the writers evoked all manner of irrational scenes designed to horrify and amaze. Romantic writers generally also prized the more tender sentiments of affection, sorrow, and romantic longing. In this certain currents in chorus with the Enlightenment inspired them, in particular the writings of Voltaire's archrival, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Rousseau was much given to musing on his own feelings. That this emotionalism was sometimes exaggerated or artificial should not obscure the fact that it also contained much that was genuine and inspiring.

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        Subsequently, the subject of the relationship of Romanticism to nature is a vast one. There has hardly been a time since the earliest antiquity that Europeans did not celebrate nature in some form or other, but the attitudes toward nature common in the Western world today emerged mostly during the Romantic period.                                                                            Here again, Rousseau is an important figure. He loved to communicate with nature. His last work is called Reveries of a Solitary Walker. ...

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