Romantic Literature

Romantic Literature

Keats 31st October 1795 23rd February 1821 To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding Romantic Literature And the gothic genre Romanticism (also the Romantic era or the Romantic period) was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.

To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry

LO: To develop our contextual understanding Romanticism is a literary- historical classification which labels certain writers and writings of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and the ideas characteristically found in those works. No other period in English literature displays more variety in style, theme and content than the Romantic Movement! = a large network of sometimes competing philosophies, agendas and points of interest To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of

Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding The Romantic period: - Flourished in the late 18th Century, celebrating emotion, wildness and nature above reason and science Gothic was the dark side to Romanticism, with reference to the supernatural, themes of madness and death and the extremes of passion - Victorian morals and values - - Strict social morals and values - Named after Queen Victoria (promoting straight- laced behaviour) - Class system: strict divide between working, middle and upper classes - It was important to know your place and what you could and couldnt do! - Women were inferior to men in all aspects except domestic talents Associated qualities: earnestness (seriousness), moral responsibility and domestic conformity To understand the basic

historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding In England, Romanticism had its greatest influence from the end of the eighteenth century up to around 1870. Its main points of expression were through poetry, however American literature chose to express the same themes through novels. To understand the basic

historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets Romanticism involves many meanings: Individualism Sentimental love of nature Feeling or emotion more important than logic or experience ("Anything you want you can have if you only want it enough.") Nostalgia Utopian thought (perfect community) Escapism Quest for something greater: desire and loss + romance narrative To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding Key features of the Romantics They achieved a whole new perspective

on nature and peoples relationship to nature They preferred/ encouraged spontaneous and emotional responses over logical thought They valued imagination over all mental facilities; they believed that without imagination, you were not a human being To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets They are concerned more with the individual more than society. The individual consciousness and individual imagination = AMAZING AND FASCINATING!! To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of

Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding Melancholy was the buzzword for the Romantic Writers became more invested in social causes as the period poets! moved forward. Due to the Industrial Revolution, English society was undergoing a lot of changes. The response from many Romantic poets was to yearn for a more idealised, simpler past. English Romantic poets had a strong connection with medievalism and mythology. To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry

To be able to make extended comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding Gothic Fiction Gothic Fiction is a genre, or type of literature that combines fiction, horror and Romanticism. Melodrama and parody were other features of Gothic literature. It originated in England in the second half of the 18th century and had much success in the 19th through examples like Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and Bram Stokers Dracula. The name Gothic refers to the medieval buildings in which many of these stories take place. This extreme form of romanticism was very popular in England and Germany. To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended

comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding How does Keatss poetry conform to the expectations of the Romantic period? To understand the basic historical facts regarding the Romantic Poets To be able to identify elements of Romanticism within Keats's poetry To be able to make extended comments on the context of Keats with reference to his poetry LO: To develop our contextual understanding

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