Romaniticism Definition:

As follows is an early definition of the Romanticism Era as stated by Charles Baudelaire:

"Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling."

  • Characteristics

  1. works reflect a love of nature , a sense of nationalism, and a sense of the supernatural

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  1. revolt against aristocratic lifestyle and political norms
  2. value emotions
  3. the polar opposite of realism
  4. sometimes criticized as being irrational
  5. emphasizes intuition, imagination, and feeling
  6. embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature
  7. used as an escape from modern realities
  • Religion

  1. appealed to those with the desire to break free from strict religious practices
  2. rejected religious intellect
  3. provided individual with a more personal relationship with God
  • Historical Events

  • Technological Advances/Inventions

Major inventions were
  • Political and Social Issues

  • Popular Interests

During the romanticism Era there was a common love of nature among most people as well as a strong sense of nationalism. People looked to use the power of imagination to escape the more ideal, realistic parts of life.
  • International Relations

Romanticism was surrounded by war and had heavy influence over not only literature but also visual arts as well. This can be seen in many paintings which either glorify war or portray it as sadly as possible. The wars taking place during the romantic era are the Seven years war(1756–1763), the French and Indian war (1754–1763), the American Revolution (1775–1783), and the French Revolution(1789–1799).
  • Influence of War

  1. writing spoke to everyone; aimed mainly towards common people as a result of the writers reaching out to their equals to express opinions of the war
  2. writing reflected war and nationalism; a writer's way of contributing to the war
  • Literature and Major Writers



  • Other media and artists

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J.M.W. Turner, The Fighting Téméraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up, 1839
J.M.W. Turner, The Fighting Téméraire tugged to her last Berth to be broken up, 1839

This video describes the values of romanticism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18F56JWeSr4