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Romanticism and Aestheticism<br />Making the connection<br />
Romanticism<br />Reaction to Enlightenment (reason was the source of legitimacy and authority)<br />Poetry emphasized intuition over reason<br />Most of the writing took place from 1789-1824<br />Response to political repression from war with France (Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815)<br />Romantic poetry emphasized intuition over reason and pastoral over urban<br />Translating emotive responses into poetry<br />“the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”<br />
Romantic Poets<br />William Blake<br />Samuel Taylor Coleridge<br />Lord Byron<br />William Wordsworth<br />John Keats<br />Percy Shelley<br />*You should look up biographical information about each author <br />
Victorian Aestheticism<br />Emphasized aesthetic values over moral and social themes<br />Occurred between 1868-1901<br />Walter Pater – life needed to be lived intensely, following the ideal of beauty<br />Science was inferior to intuition<br />Influences included Oscar Wilde and Algernon Charles Swinburne<br />
Putting it all together<br />What connections can be drawn between Romanticism and Aestheticism?<br />What discrepancies exist between the two movements?<br />