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  1. 1. The Zeitgeist
  2. 2. In the Romantic Period we see an explosive release of artistic energy, an experimental boldness, and creative power that marks an artistic renaissance
  3. 3.  (1) Imagination, Emotions, and Intuition. Exaltation of intense feelings.  Descartes: I think, therefore I am. vs  Rousseau: I felt before I thought.  (2) Subjectivity of approach; the cult of the individual; the absolute uniqueness of every individual.
  4. 4. (3) Freedom of thought and expression.  A revolt against authority and tyranny, against the ancien regime, whether social, political, religious, or artistic.  Thomas Paine: “The Rights of Man.”  Mary Wolstonecraft: “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (1792)  Alienation and rebellion: Cult of Youth, Energy, and Idealism
  5. 5. (4) Idealization of Nature  Embracing the uncivilized, the wild, the pre-civilized.  Rousseau: “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.” In other words, civilization is in part the cause of our corruption.  The “noble savage,” and James Fennimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking novels, I.e. The Last of the Mohicans.
  6. 6.  The first viewed nature as peaceful, calm, nurturing, a source for spiritual renewal. It often showed an innocent life of rural dwellers, a world of peace and harmondy which nurtures and comforts the human spirit. This is very much how Wordsworth viewed nature.
  7. 7. •The beautiful and •The sublime
  8. 8. Starting with Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was President of the Royal Academy in England
  9. 9. So, on to some of Blake works
  10. 10. Starting with an early, fairly conventional painting
  11. 11. Who said, “I try to paint as if I had never seen a painting before.”

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