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Romanticism and the Inclusion of the Individual Essay

  • Submitted by: canshaw
  • on January 27, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,101 words

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To pull-together some semblance of a wholly defining character of the Romantic period treads quite near an exercise in futility. For what in one moment appears to be a truly defining characteristic of Romanticism, such as the Romantic exaltation of imagination, is in another moment not true for the entire Romantic Movement as cynically evidenced by the movement’s   “iconic romantic hero par excellence” - Lord Byron - in his emphatic disqualification of himself possessing Romanticism’s fashionably essential quality of imagination (Blanning 162). For this exact reason, Romanticism has been understood, and even more frequently misunderstood, as a movement of contradictions, as simultaneously creating a revolutionary and conservative shift in the prevailing realistic sensibilities of the late 18th and early 19th century. Yet, an enigmatic cohesiveness of ideals clearly exists in this movement, a cohesiveness that not only shaped the character of Romanticism; it elevated Romanticism to that of the divine.
Primarily, the Romantic Movement’s cohesiveness shaped as a counter to the dissecting and materialistic reason, which the Enlightenment brought to Western society. The philosophes and scientists of the Enlightenment examined and analyzed the world in an attempt to define the One, true path of human nature and did so “without regard for anyone’s feelings” (Blanning 6).   This unrelenting and singular “advancing reign of reason” - a materialistic quest for perfection - allowed no room for individuality and expression of feelings, which the romantics valued (Blanning 169). Inevitably, Romanticism became a reaction against the Enlightenment’s elevation of reason in the direction of – and as a means to – a perfect end: and the ultimate solution to the materialistic superficiality of reason - the very character of Romanticism - that enigmatic cohesiveness of ideals appeared in the paradox of the human condition. Only uninhibited and unapologetic expression of paradox...

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