Essay about Romanticism and Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Romanticism and Percy Bysshe Shelley

The age of Romanticism covers the period between the French Revolution in 1789 and the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837. During this period of time there were produced an unexpected richness of writers, artists, and composers throughout Europe such as Goethe, Rousseau, Pushkin, Hugo, Beethoven, Schubert, and many others.

Romanticism has certain characteristics, such as emotion, imagination, introspection, our response to the natural world, and the insight of childhood, that differentiates it from the age of Enlightenment where objectivity and reason were emphasized. Three major preoccupations of Romanticism were nature, dreams, and human conditions. During this period of time there were
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One of them would be "The Indian Girl's Song [The Indian Serenade]." Even the name of the poem says that it is going to be romantic poem because serenades usually are sung for loved ones. Also the first verse proves that this poem is romantic: "I arise from dreams of thee." The speaker is saying that he was dreaming of her, the girl that he is in love with. Although this poem is romantic it also talks about death: "It dies upon her heart - <em>As I must die on thine," "I die!" But sometimes even death is romantic, especially, when it is described by a romantic poet who is able to see importance and beauty in everything. Overall this poem is sad because it talks much about failing, fainting, complaining, dying. But as I mentioned already even deaths and disasters can be romantic. It depends on who and how it is being talking about.

The other poem that I am going to talk about is "To Night." I have chosen this poem because it is also possible to find features of Romanticism in it. There are words like "kiss," "sea," "When I arose and saw the dawn</em> I sighed for thee," and the entire third stanza that talks about how the speaker is yarning for the Night. These words, phrases, and sentences are very sentimental and full of love and found only in romantic poems. But not only love is mentioned in "The Indian Girl's Song [The Indian Serenade]" and "To Night", in these poems also there is death. In fact, the death here even is called

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