The Younger Romantics

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The Younger Romantics

The Younger RomanticsPaving the way for a world of individuals & dreamers

Romanticism & The Romantic Movement

Byron:Byron firmly believed that “the great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.” A belief which he not only voiced, but publically acted on. Unlike many artists before him, he embraced being a celebrity. He longed to find a meaning for himself through extreme experiences. His life truly was sensational, and quite controversial. Byron redefined the poet, creating an image of danger and intrigue. He despised any poet who was not sensational enough, in his opinion. He saw life like a collection of experiences to be had, the wilder the better.

Shelley:Percy Shelley famously stated in his book "The Necessity of Atheism" that "all religious nations are founded on authority. All religions of the world forbid examinationand do not want one to reason." This opinion got him expelled from Oxford. He experieced intense feelings, which he often voiced and even hailed. Shelley defended a new way of living, one of free will, free love and feeling, rather than rules or reason. The importance of self was central to his lifestyle. He searched for self-satisfaction and self-knowledge rather than following social conventions.

The Younger Romantics were greatly influenced by Romantics such as William Wordsworth and William Blake

Though inspiration was primarliy found within the realm of nature, any life experience could be made poetic, even death.

Keats:As a surgeon, John Keats experienced the horror of operating on patients without anaesthetic and claimed to have experienced their pain as his own. He was empathetic of others, and had seen far too much tragedy for one lifetime. Keats saw poetry as having a healing quality, "A poet is a sage... a humanist to all men." He chose to dive into the core of the human soul and study the purpose of life as an individual, rather than as a collective.Through poetry, he sought to transcend his own being and identity to take on infinite lives and forms.

John Keats

Percy Bysshe Shelley

George Gordon Byron

The Pursuit of Meaning in LifeThe Romantics shared the belief that the body is pervaded by a spirit, one which defies categorization. They rejected any notion that science was the ultimate means of explanation, in fact, they did not see science as being able to explain anything that really mattered(such as the soul, individuality, imagination, and the senses). They refused to limit understanding of the world around them to reasoning and instead embraced the idea that the true beauty of living is found in the splendor of life itself.

The Struggle for IndividualityThe Romantics dared to break away from the mold of society. They saw the world in an almost childlike way, from a very natural and unrestricted perspective. The spirit of the Romantics lives on in all of us. It endures, even as centuries pass, it can be found within rebellion, the desire for experience, the celebration of originality or genius, the quest for love, and even in the pursuit of personal identity. Through eternal words these ideas will live on.


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