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Intro to the Romantics

The Heart of The Sun Website
    
            

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Expressions on this site can be considered content more in tune with the Romantics. Romanticism evolving out of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment period took courage, not only being able to reflect, but daring to express. The poem titled The Heart of the Sun is a blending of Science and Nature, as is this Renaissance man, a blending with the Romantics. Below is a “quick” read on understanding the history and origin of the Romantics and ultimately theheartofthesun.com  – Shanti
 
Words like Enlightenment or Romanticism is used to describe intellectual or perhaps cultural events, but there is no 18th century document which can be called "Enlightened" or "Romantic." The expression “Romantic” is an era that identifies a period 1780-1850, in which ideas and attitudes gained currency and became the dominant mode of expression, expression in art, music, poetry, drama, literature and philosophy (Historyguide).
 
The Romantic era is indicative of an age of crisis. In 1789 Europe, the ancien regime seemed ready to collapse and fear of political disaster spread - king killing, Robespierre, Reign of Terror, and the Napoleonic armies all signaled chaos. With the Industrial Revolution in full swing, politics and economy seemed to be falling apart, and for many Romantics it raised the threat of moral disaster. Romanticism became the new thought, the critical idea and the creative effort necessary to cope with the old ways of confronting experience (Historyguide).
 
Romantics saw diversity and uniqueness and were passionate about subjectivism and introspection. Instead of the motto, "Sapere aude," "Dare to know!" Romantics took up the battle cry, "Dare to be! Life of mind was incomplete; Romantics opted for a life of the heart. William Hazlitt (1778-1830) said, "For the better part of my life all I did was think." And William Godwin (1756-1836), asked, "What shall I do when I have read all the books?" (Historyguide). 
 
Romantics sought a communion with Nature and its diversity of detail where truth and beauty emanated from the poet’s soul and the artist’s heart. One power possessed by the Romantics, a power distinct and superior to reason, was imagination. Samuel Coleridge, "Kubla Khan" (1798) – was very descriptive of the beauty of nature. - William Wordsworth, "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud" (1807) – “For oft, when on my couch I lie; In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye, Which is the bliss of solitude” (Novaonline).
 
Romantics sought their soul in the science of life, not celestial mechanics. They moved from planets to plants. Rejected a science based on physics because it was inadequate to describe the reality of experience. "O for a life of sensations rather than of thoughts," wrote John Keats (1795-1821). And William Blake (1757-1827) admonished us all to "Bathe in the waters of life." Yet Keats again, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty, -- that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know". In essence, the Romantics returned God to Nature (Historyguide).
 
 
Shanti Inderjit
 
Reference material
(http://novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/evans/his102/Documents/Romanticism.html)

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