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The Romanticism Era Occurred in Europe

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         The romanticism era occurred in Europe towards the end of the 18th century where it was a literary, an artistic and intellectual movement.  The romanticism period was a reaction to the industrial revolution, as well as, a revolt against political and social norms of the Age of Enlightenment and scientific rationalization of nature.  The period was characterized by the return to nature and make people belief in the goodness of humanity. Secondly, the unearthing of the artist as a supremely distinct creator(Jarvis, 2004). Thirdly, the advancement of nationalistic pride. The adoration of theemotions and sense over reason and intellect. Lastly, the revolt against intellectualism of the Enlightenment.

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        The romantic period artists believed in intuition and senses although they did not have a clear understanding of the mind and its operations they were very astute.  The artists believed in their instincts as most of them either expressed it in drawings or in music.   Additionally, during the romantic period there was individual personality where artist saw themselves as individual creators(Mazzeo, 2007).

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 The artist could create original works that were usually coupled with themes of love.  The period also saw the belief that humankind was good-natured where Jean Jacques Rousseau an influential thinker of the romantic period help that humans are good-natured, but the society they live in corrupts them.

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        The  was also a belief of the supreme God where  most believed that nature  was the dwelling place of a supreme being  who excepts  people to walk in humility and kindness. The romantic period   revolted against intellectualism  where they did not want people to know that they had the right to grow in ways that would make the world a better place.

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Jarvis, R. (2004). The Romantic period: The intellectual and cultural context of English         literature, 1789-1830. Harlow, England: Pearson/Longman.



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