“Why is Romanticism important?”
“Romanticism is so out-dated.”
“What’s Romanticism anyway?”
These are just a few of the comments I get when I get too attached to the works I’m learning about in class and start to blabber about them nonstop to my friends. Nonetheless, I still manage to sneak in some of the Romantic works into the conversations between my friends and I.
The Romantic Movement was established in the late 18th century and in essence, was a rebel against the prospects of the Enlightenment era. Romanticism was a literary movement that primarily orientated within the importance of the individual experience and self-expression. The Romantic Movement sought a more profound way of living by which was supported by many artists and poets such as William Wordsworth. Works by Wordsworth, much like the agenda of the Romantic Movement, was an escape away from the Enlightenment where science was governing the lives of individuals and seen as cold and indifferent. Wordsworth believed that there was more to life than just simple explanations for the occurrences in life; he believed life held more meaning and we were free to seek such glorious passions in it. Wordsworth emphasised on the exaltation of emotion over reason and re-centred a focus towards a more holistic and introspective living experience that wouldn’t rob individuals of their humanity.
Both of Wordsworth’s pieces, “The Tables Turned” and “Expostulation and Reply”, do a lot of justice in furthering the importance of Romanticism. The point of convergence in these pieces lies within the idea that human connect to nature is more surreal than any other written book or documented piece can described and/or explain. In both pieces Wordsworth is having an conversation with his peer Mathew about the wonders of nature and how she has so more to offer than a book. The effects of allowing yourself to bathe in the light of Mother Nature are far more intrinsic than reading about nature from a book. The ideas central to “The Tables Turned” and “Expostulation and Reply” position us as the readers to become aware of our origins of being; a state of being in tune with your mind, soul and self. With the works of Wordsworth, it is clear that he foreshadows this connect to self with a relation to nature.
Romanticism has always been and will be an insightful genre of literature to me. Romantic pieces have consistently and undoubtedly had the ability to render me in awe of such enlightening perspectives on life.