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Ode of Meloncholy/Romanticism Essay

  • Submitted by: Misty_ice
  • on October 7, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,238 words

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Romanticism is a European art, literary and intellectual movement that had originally begun in the late 18th to 19th century. It was a reaction to the political atmosphere created by the French Revolution as well as the Age of Enlightenment (An 18th century movement that honoured the belief that Science was a much more realistic than the imagination). Romanticism influenced various works of literature, art, music, architecture, criticism in Western civilization. Many were seduced by this new concept of imagination being able to break through the philosophical mysteries of existence. For the Romantics, the imagination was what caused a person to reach the momentum of individual freedom during their everyday life. Nature was one of the major mechanisms to achieve this as many were drawn to it and found that it really made them see in a new totally new perspective. Romanticism was probably one of the most influential movements in Europe as it had redefined ways in which people in Western cultures viewed themselves and their world.

John Keats poems and odes portray his consciousness of the negatives in life by expressing feeling of sadness, melancholy, depression, wistfulness and sorrow in just a brief moment in life. Nevertheless with this depressing, down beat side of life there also comes joy, hope and delight from the reflection and appreciation of nature at its truest form. Within every moment in Keats poems/Odes there exists a multitude of mixed emotions and tend to be extremes such as misery to ecstasy. The Nightingale in ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ was a visionary contentment in contrast with the disheartening conditions of human anguish the desire of a painless death, where as “Ode on a Grecian urn” the Grecian urn shows an image that symbolizes life itself as it conveys the emotions you feel   and experiences you have in life. The infusion of emotions that are completely different and yet strangely similar and the contemplating with his surroundings is what...

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