Romanticism 18th Century Revolution Analysis

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Oscar Chavez
Dr. Hanvey
English 46B
01 October 2014
“Romanticism: An 18th Century Revolution”
Romanticism is the evolution of literary ideals resulting from the American and French Revolution that took Western Europe by storm from 1785 to 1832. The Romantic period during the late 18th century, was designed to bring upon a new understanding to the average reader such as you and I, challenging the ideals of classicism and shedding a new light on simplistic literature that has influenced today’s literary culture. William Wordsworth and his colleague Samuel Coleridge, challenged their neoclassical predecessors and taught us to glorify our spontaneous overflow of emotion, as a source for inspiration. As a result, Romantic artists emerged to follow
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