Romanticism. Study Questions

  1. What are the approximate years of the Romantic periood in literature?
  2. Describe some of the main differences between the Romantic and the Enlightenment view.
  3. What did the Romantics find wrong with Enlightenment thought?
  4. What are some 3-4 things that Romanticism emphasizes?
  5. Reason vs feelings as the guide to certainty. Which one should be the guide, according to the Romantics? Why?
  6. The idea of a Revolution as a Romantic idea. In what ways can the American and French Revolution be considered as outcomes of Romantic ideals?
  7. What was the Romantic view of nature and the primitive?
  8. What is the view and role of Imagination for the Romantics?
  9. What did "Nature" mean to the Romantics?
  10. What are some characteristics of the "Romantic Hero"?
  11. Does our world have more tendencies of the Enlightenment or the Romantic view of the world? How so?
  12. Describe the main characteristics of Lyric poetry.
  13. What would most of us expect to see in a lyric poem?
  14. Frequent themes in Romanticism: imagination, sensitivity, feelings, spontaneity, freedom, introspection, intuition, individualism, nature, solitude, emotion.