The French Revolution

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The French Revolution

Romanticism defenitiona movement in the arts and literature which originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual

“The French Revolution came, bringing with it the promise of a brighter day, the promise of regenerated man and regenerated earth. It was hailed with joy and acclamation by the oppressed, by the ardent lovers of humanity, by the poets, whose task it is to voice the human spirit.”-Albert Hancock

The French Revolution was essentially the public's rejection of the monarchy, religion and large social difference. They fought for enlightenment ideals such as citizenship, equality and human rights. This new way of thinking greatly influenced the Romantic poets.

The French Revolution

The French Revolution Storming of the Bastille

The Reign of TerrorThis period began after the death of Louis XVI in 1793 and ended in 1794 with a coup and the main instigator of the reign, Robespierre ,was executed. This period shortly followed the onset of the French revolution where rival political groups fought for control. Tens of thousands of people died in public executions at the hand of the newly invented guillotine during the reign of terror, so to eliminate any people who were against the revolution. This awful time discouraged the romantic movement and many of the first generation romantic poets like William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey. Thes poets were disapionted in the failure of the revolution at first and Wordworth actually visited france while the reign of terror was taking place. However, the second generation poets, like Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, were more interested in the principles of the revolution regarding the ideals.

The Battle of Veroux


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