Romantic Poets and Their Response to Nature

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Romantic Poets and Their Response to Nature

Consider how the romantic poets have responded to the subject of nature

with close references to at least three poems studied.

Consider how the romantic poets have responded to the subject of

nature with close references to at least three poems studied, comment

in detail on:

1. Imagery (e.g. simile, metaphor, personification.)

2. Subject matter/theme

3. Characteristics of the romantic movement

Romanticism was a poetic movement of the 19th century, during The

French Revolution. The poetry reflected on feelings of everyday

events. It was written in a simplistic language so that everyone could

understand and appreciate poetry because earlier poetry was written

formally with a complex language, which only the well educated could

understand fully. Romantic poems had strong characteristics, which

stand out, these are: pantheism, the importance of childhood and

memories, a simplistic style, an informal and everyday language,

emotional and political. From studying Keats, Coleridge and Wordsworth

Nature has been the most influential characteristic, and has inspired

them to write personal poems reflecting on God, permanence, education,

childhood and memory.

The poem 'To Autumn' written by Keats (1795-1821) is a typical

romantic poem and in the first sentence

'Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness,' we already have a sense of

calmness because the words 'mist' and 'mellow' are very soft and

gentle sounding words. Keats has used 'm' and 's' words like these

because he wants to get across the calmness of autumn and how relaxed

it is, he does this by using words which are almost impossible to be

said in a harsh and vicious way.

Keats strongly worships na...

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supreme, perfect scene of exactly what Westminster looks like in the

morning. 'All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. Never did

sun more beautiful steep In his first splendor,' is building up a

feeling of warmth because it is a very colourful passage. The word

'steep' increases the reader's sense of touch. To add nature into the

poem Wordsworth has commented on 'open unto the fields, and the sky,'

this has set a very peaceful tone to the poem and has demonstrated

that nature can live together in harmony with man. This image really

takes hold of Wordsworth and in a state of passion because of the

perfection he cries out to God 'Dear God.' This has added vigour to

the poem and to get back to the peacefulness and silent perfection he

has added about how still London is in the morning, which means his

'almighty heart is lying still.
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