War in the Romantic Era

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Jessica Crupi 2371771 HUMN 3B02 Lee Slinger The Romantic era was a period of war and revolutionary combat. War and rebellion were essential elements that influenced the flow of ideas in this period. An entire generation of European writers, composers, and artists were influenced by these events. War inspired romantic artists to address themes of liberty and democracy, while considering the function of revolution as an opportunity for political and social change. Writers used the spirit of the revolution to distinguish their poetic sensibilities. The affects of war are apparent in my review of the following sources on the subject of war and rebellion in Mary A. Favret’s “Coming Home: The Public Spaces of Romantic War,” Nancy Rosenblum’s “Romantic Militarism,” J.L. Talmon’s “Introduction and Romanticism” in Romanticism and Revolt: Europe 1815-1848, and Samuel Coleridge’s “Fears in Solitude.” Although these works concern themselves with different themes, the central subject depicted in each is the perception of war from those who were involved—directly and indirectly—and the ways in which they were affected. Favret’s chapter depicts war from the perspective of the English public and discusses the effects it had on the domestic front, as well as the ideology of the “war-widow”. In contrast to this, Rosenblum’s article explores the perception of war from the view of the solider and the tension between “Romantic militarism” and liberalism. Talmon’s chapter makes connections to many romantic themes by relating events to the dominant forces or ideas at work in the era—such as the French and the Industrial Revolution. And finally, Coleridge’s poem reveals the influence of the French Revolution upon British Romanticism. Portraying nature as a spiritual gateway, he utilizes the natural world as an escape from his fears of a potential invasion in England. In each of these
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