Romanticism first appeared in poetry towards the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the period from 1800 – 1850. It was seen partly as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution that was taking place, however it was also seen as a revolt against the scientific rationalization of nature. It was William Wordsworth who strengthened the movement through his works of poetry and is still today considered a key figure in the Romantic movement. Some of the important romantic poetry characteristics are a passionate display of emotion, interest in the supernatural, idealism and affinity towards nature.

Characteristics of Romantic Poetry:

Imagination is a key characteristic of Romantic poetry and in the words of William Wordsworth himself, ‘poetry is the first and last of all knowledge’  The occurrence of imagination is the essence and focal point of romantic poetry. According to romantic poets, it is possible to attain a transcendental experience by the means of imagination, they believe  that it takes the reader near to the spiritual truth. 

Emotion is also a characteristic commonly found in romantic poetry as reason and logic tend to take a backseat. One thing that it said to be a prominent characteristic in the world of romanticism is emotion. Romantic poetry is said to be one of the best ways to let loose on one’s emotions through words. Emotion is seen to overflow in works of romantic poetry and it is this that transcends the boundaries of logical reasoning. Pain is also seen as the inspiration for this overflow of emotion. 

The Romantic Movement lasted from about 1750 to about 1870 and is often defined as a second Renaissance. 


An Introduction to my blog

hello fellow bloggers!

Today is my first official day of blogging, I hope you enjoy what is to come and I hope my daily blogs are both informative and entertaining.

lots of love

– Daniela x