Literature emphasized a flexibility of structure adapted to shifting substance, encouraged the improvement of multifaceted and enthralling plots, and sanctioned diverse genres. And because of the diversity brought by literature, writers all over the world, of different genres, of different ages, have constantly shown significant influences to each other. In particular, the Romantic period has been a major influence of the present and future poets, novelists and all kinds of writers. Writers makes use of personal experiences and individual point of views in writing wherein they are able to express more of what they really want to convey, thus the Romantic period reveals enormous effect on all writers of today and tomorrow.
The Romantic period is a far-reaching but crucial modern period applied to the philosophical shift within Western mind-set to human and art creativity that conquered much of the American culture during the initial part of the 19th century, and that has fashioned most ensuing progress in literature, even those against it (Gravil 27). According to Gravil, “declining the ordered consistency of the Enlightenment as impersonal, mechanical, and artificial, the Romantics eventually turned to the emotional truthfulness of personal understanding and to the boundlessness of personality ambition and imagination (Gravil 27).” More and more independent of the deteriorating system of aristocratic benefaction, the Romantics view themselves as the “free spirits” conveying their creative truths; some found aficionados ready to glorification of the artist as a mastermind or diviner (Gravil 27).
Romanticism is not characterized with a distinct philosophy, but romanticism generally defined by an extremely imaginative and personal approach and an illusory or visionary feature. The level of emotions in romantic literature may be mysterious, too extreme and indefinable. The romantics proved a resemblance for nature, particularly its inexplicable and wild characteristics.
Romanticism established the sect of the individual and won the independence of human spirit. Novelists, philosophers, musicians, artists and painters provided more reserved instructions and the novelists and artists, in particular, collaborated by means of their philosophies and works of art to be able to let romanticism come into view. In these works the novelists, philosophers, musicians, artists and painters celebrated the romantic character as manifested in songs, literature, structural design, and plays of several English playwrights (Abrams 27).
Poets confirmed the significance of emotion and imagination to rhythmical construction and renounced the conventional literary forms as well as subjects. As a consequence, Abrams noted that “as romantic literature all over the place developed, imagination was eulogized over rationale, emotions over judgment, and perception over science – all making a way for an enormous body of artworks of great emotional response and enthusiasm (Abrams 27).” Future writers arrived at a freedom of having taste for wild perspective, inspirational prospects – a tendency reflected within the increasing highlighting in aesthetic presumption on the awe-inspiring as opposed to the good-looking – these are inclinations brought by the Romantic era. Emotions as subject matter began to be measured more significant than explanation in literature and manner characterized by the work of the novelists, philosophers, musicians, artists and painters.
Writers of the past, present and of the future emerged more and more as they go through a transformation from reason toward emotion. Imagination began to be revealed not only writing but also in the field of visual and performing arts. Romanticism have become a great influence for future writers in their works as they are defined by reliance on the imagination and partisanship of approach, freedom of thinking and expression, as well as a glorification of natural world. Given that Romanticism predominantly pertains to the relevance of individual perspective, emotions and imaginations, this period greatly influences future writers.
Abrams, M.H. English Romanticism: The Spirit of the Age. Romanticism Reconsidered. Ed.
Northrop Frye. New York: Columbia UP, 1963.
Gravil, R. Tintern Abbey and the System of Nature. Romanticism: The Journal of Romantic Culture and Criticism 6.1, 2000.