Exploration of Romanticism in Poetry
The poems I will be describing date back to the Romanticism period of
time. The word "romanticism" originally originates from the Romans.
This era started in 1780AD. Previous to this period of time, there was
an era of science and fact. This was known as the era of
enlightenment. This is the purpose of the romantic era, which still
exists today. It was to acquire an escape from the science and
realistic way of life. There are many different well known poets of
this era. For example there is John Keats, William Blake, William
Wordsworth and many more. These poets all had romanticism exposed in a
variety of ways. As well as the traditional sense of love, there are
many other aspects. These other aspects include beauty, nature,
cosmic, glory, religious beliefs and transcendence. The most important
purpose for these poems portrayed the escapism that people wanted to
experience. The nihilism was the main cause of this entire era as
people felt emptiness within them and wanted to escape to a world of
imagination and fiction.
The first poem I will analyse for romantic aspects is a poem called
The Tyger by William Blake. William Blake was born in 1757 and died in
In this poem, there is a romantic aspect within the title. As
mentioned previously, nature is a part of romanticism. William Blake
has used an animal for the title of this poem. This portrays a
romantic aspect as animals relate to nature. These poems often have
hidden aspects within the text. For example, "what immortal hand or
eye" is a reference to god. This is a romantic aspect as it has
connection to religion. William Blake also questions God, "Could frame
thy fearful symmetry?" this is referring to the power of the tiger.
The tiger's power is fatally dangerous and here the poet is saying
that God has created such a powerful beast and to represent his power,
the tiger may be another form of God. Transcendence is represented by
"wings". The wings symbolise the uplifting that God can generate. The
poet goes on to another romantic aspect. This aspect being cosmic.
"When the stars threw down their spears and water'd heaven with their
tears" he mentions stars with "spears" which is a form of
personification, which draws a picture of stars shining brightly,
almost as if they are throwing down the rays of light. there is also a
comparison with "tears" and "heavens". This is an affective compassion
because heaven is usually associated with pure souls and is also a
religious aspect, however is said to be "water'd" by tears. This seems
to be affective to the reader as although the poet is talking about
tears, it still feels tranquil. The poem concludes with a repetition
which is another reference to God and religion, and also a reference
to the tigers beauty.
The second poem...