Originating in Europe in the late 18th century, the Romanticism Era characterized an interest in nature and emphasized the individuals emotion and imagination. The sudden change in attitudes formed an age of classicism and rebellion against established social rules and conventions. Praising imagination over reason, emotions over logic and intuition over science, this made way for a vast body of literature of great sensibility and passion. The variety of this impressive romanticism literature can be focused on by specific authors, works of literature, and how romanticism influenced their writing.
Percy Bysshe Shelley was an open-minded writer full of eagerness to envision new means for human expression. He is one of the most famed poets of the romantic era. In 1810, Percy Bysshe Shelley published Zastrozzi, the first of his two early Gothic prose romances. He published the second, St. Irvyne a year later. These sensational novels present some of his earliest ideas about self-indulgence and revenge. Most of his works are strikingly modern and offer remarkable insight into imagination. Since there was monarchy during his time period, Shelley devoted himself to the romantic poets and social movements. His father was a wealthy squire who believed in Catholicism. Shelley was determined to be in conflict with the forces of injustice, which led him to fight against his father and his beliefs. Although, he was disowned from his father’s inheritance, Shelley never gave up. He published pamphlets, poems and essays toward monarchism, autocracy, atheism, and love. Shelley knew that monarchism was the wrong form of management. He believed in democracy, therefore treating the public equally and giving citizens more was an important element to establish. He knew that aristocracy wasn’t good for the human experience, so he wanted to make other people realize his point of view. Inciting a nation to arise against the policy of aristocracy was his ultimate purpose. Shelley inspired many with his courage and fortitude for freedom.
In late June 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley published To a Skylark. It was inspired by an evening walk in the country near Livorno, Italy, with his wife Mary Shelley, and describes the appearance and song of a skylark they come upon. Mary Shelley described the event that inspired Shelley to write this poem, "In the Spring we spent a week or two near Leghorn, It was on a beautiful summer evening while wandering among the lanes whose myrtle hedges were the bowers of the fire-flies, that we heard the caroling of the skylark.” What accounts for the happiness of the song of the skylark? It is free from all that gives pain to man. It knows what lies beyond death and has no fear. Even if man freed himself from hate, pride, and fear, man's joy would not equal the skylark's. The secret of its capacity to sing so happily would be an incomparable gift for the poet.
Samuel Palmer was a British landscape painter, etcher and paint maker. He was a key...