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ROMANTICISM
18th to 19th centauries
Rich in style, theme, content ( natural
world, idealism, physical and emotional
pass...
William Wordsworth

1770-1850
Belongs to the1st generation of romantic poets
Major themes: The power of human
mind, chil...
Percy Shelly

1792-1822
Highly imaginative
Atheist
Sought to liberate mankind from the shackles of
political, religious...
THESIS STATEMENT
“Both Wordsworth and Percy Shelly speak
about the positive power of nature, mind’s
power, imagination equ...
Imaginative power

Percy Bysshe Shelley
“To a Skylark”
“Hail to thee, blithe
spirit!
Bird thou never wert-”

William Words...
Death and
decay

Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Mont Blanc”
“The works and ways of man, their
death and birth,”
All things that mov...
 Nature
 Inspired by nature
*In

nature all the romantic poets found their initial inspiration.
(C.M.Bowra,1950)

Wordsw...
Shelly: Portrays positive and destructive powers of nature

“Wild spirit, which art moving everywhere;
destroyer and pres...
 Critiques of social structure and the political power

Shelly: Criticizes the insensitive political leaders.

“Rulers w...
Shelly
 Atheist

 Wordsworth
Theist

ENGLAND 1819

THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US

Religion
Christless, Godless, a book...
• Optimism and prophetic

 Pessimistic

nature
ENGLAND 1819

THE SOLITARY REAPER

…….Are graves from which a
glorious Pha...
References
Hill ,Spencer,Joy,Bowra
Bradly.(
owferd lectures on poetry.newyork.macmillan & co
ltd.//ridenour,g.m.(
shelly...
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  1. 1. ROMANTICISM 18th to 19th centauries Rich in style, theme, content ( natural world, idealism, physical and emotional passions) Individualism was emphasized Used nature as a source of inspiration
  2. 2. William Wordsworth 1770-1850 Belongs to the1st generation of romantic poets Major themes: The power of human mind, childhood, nature Main interest was the poet’s response to a natural object Memory plays a fundamental role in the creative process of poetry
  3. 3. Percy Shelly 1792-1822 Highly imaginative Atheist Sought to liberate mankind from the shackles of political, religious, and intellectual slavery Follower of Wordsworth Preserver as well as a destroyer of nature
  4. 4. THESIS STATEMENT “Both Wordsworth and Percy Shelly speak about the positive power of nature, mind’s power, imagination equally, but Shelly as a prophet and an idealist in contrast with Wordsworth, deals atheism and nature S destructiveness in his poems.”
  5. 5. Imaginative power Percy Bysshe Shelley “To a Skylark” “Hail to thee, blithe spirit! Bird thou never wert-” William Wordsworth “Daffodils” “When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils;” “They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude;
  6. 6. Death and decay Percy Bysshe Shelley “Mont Blanc” “The works and ways of man, their death and birth,” All things that move and breathe with toil and sound, Are born and die “Ozymandias” “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies” Death William Wordsworth “She Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways” “When Lucy ceased to be; But she is in her grave, and, oh,”
  7. 7.  Nature  Inspired by nature *In nature all the romantic poets found their initial inspiration. (C.M.Bowra,1950) Wordsworth:“The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul of my moral being.” (Tintern Abbey) Shelly:“As summer winds that creep from flower to flower Like moon beams that behind some tiny mountain shower.” (Hymn to Intellectual beauty)
  8. 8. Shelly: Portrays positive and destructive powers of nature “Wild spirit, which art moving everywhere; destroyer and preserver;hear,O hear” (ode to a west wind) Wordsworth: Nature is a healer. “while here I stand ,not only with the sense of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts That in this moment there is life and food For future years. (Tintern Abbey)  Advances the spiritual values of humans. “Little we see in nature, that is ours; we have given our hearts away…” (The world is too much with us)
  9. 9.  Critiques of social structure and the political power Shelly: Criticizes the insensitive political leaders. “Rulers who neither see nor feel nor know,” (England in 1819)  Attacks the authoritative powers of kings. “whose frown , And wrinkled lip, and sheer of cold command,……..” (Ozymandias) Wordsworth: Portrays the flaws of the political system in England. “she is a fen of stagnant waters:altar,sword,and pen.” (London 1802)
  10. 10. Shelly  Atheist  Wordsworth Theist ENGLAND 1819 THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US Religion Christless, Godless, a book sealed,-A Senate—Time's worst statute unrepealed,-- --Great God! I'd rather be A Pagan …… Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn. Based on realism Visionary idealism ENGLAND 1819 LONDON 1802 …….Are graves from which a glorious Phantom may Burst to illumine our tempestuous day MILTON! thou shouldst be living at this hour: O raise us up, return to us again, And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power!
  11. 11. • Optimism and prophetic  Pessimistic nature ENGLAND 1819 THE SOLITARY REAPER …….Are graves from which a glorious Phantom may Burst to illumine our tempestuous day Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain,That has been, and may be again? Whate'er the theme, the maiden sang ,As if her song could have no ending; ODE TO WEST WIND THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US The trumpet of prophesy!O wind, Tf winter comes can Spring be far behind? The world is too much with us; late or soon Getting and spending,we lay waste our power
  12. 12. References Hill ,Spencer,Joy,Bowra Bradly.( owferd lectures on poetry.newyork.macmillan & co ltd.//ridenour,g.m.( shelly.new jersey.prentice-hall,inc
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