Taylor Coleridge And Romanticism

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One of the most known writers for creating the Romantic Movement was Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was born on October 21, 1772, in Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England. In 1782 his father died and he was then sent away as a charity student to Christ’s Hospital. At a very young age, Coleridge was always eager to learn, which brought him to becoming a classical scholar. Coleridge soon became a student at Jesus College in 1791. In December of 1793, Coleridge was hounded by debts and decided to enlist in the Light Dragoons. When he was discharged in April of 1794, he returned to Cambridge; however, decided to leave again without pursing his degree. On his move, Coleridge met and began a friendship with Robert Southey. They were both interested in poetry…show more content…
The Romantic rejection against cultural norms was linked closely with the backlash of the Industrial Revolution. “Industrial changes convinced Romantics that the natural world was purer than an industrial one,” which led many romantics to live separated from the rural areas (Galens 301). Consequently, the Romantics treated nature in almost a religious way, because they “believed that there must be a god that inspired the imaginative and spiritual aspect in humans” (King 34). Many romantics thought that the natural world was a source of healthy emotions because it was inspired existentially, unlike the man-made rural areas. As a result, the writers of the era placed a heavy emphasis on the beauty of nature and its resulting emotions. In Coleridge’s poem, “Frost at Midnight,” he encapsulates the Romantic Period with his detail of nature by describing its “extreme silentness. Sea, hill, and wood/This populous village! Sea, and hill, and wood/With all the numberless goings-on of life” (10-12). Coleridge, as very typical of a Romantic, stresses the beauty of nature in fullest: its peaceful serenity and all that is working together to make a functional ecosystem. Coleridge makes the connection between Romanticism and nature to form a concept that one’s identity and can be found in nature, rather in man-made industrialized

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