The Romantic Movement involved all forms of artistic expressions but mostly concentrated within poetry, music and paintings. Romanticism focused on nature and the human capacity to connect and in essence become one with their surroundings. A lot of emphasis is placed on the emotional and heart felt connection between humans and a particular object. That portrayal was communicated unto canvas, lyrics, and into written composition. Each poet is able to express their individuality and their eternal connection with nature as seen through their eyes. We will look at works from Rousseau, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats to examine how each demonstrated their points of view.
Rousseau's Confessions Book 1 begins with a representation of his love for reading at a very young age, yet he states "I had no idea of the facts, but I was already familiar with every feeling. I had grasped nothing; I had sensed everything." (Norton Anthology 499) Rousseau's understandings of the material he so avidly devoured was not important enough as the emotions he engaged in the process. It was a passion that left a durable impact. Rousseau established his connection with words on a page helping him to understand his passion for poetry.
Wordsworth in Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey reminisces on a memory where his youth played an important role as he travelled "...the tall rock, The mountain, and the deep and gloomy wood, Their colours and their forms, were then to me An appetite; a feeling and a love,... (Norton Anthology 697) His connection to nature was one that could not be broken as long as his youthful body allowed him to explore. Wordsworth now realizes that his youthful abilities have dwindled but at the same time an opportunity has risen to experience his connection with nature through "...other gifts [that] Have followed ;...) (Norton Anthology 697) He understood he had taken nature for granted in his youth and his return to the same location stirred up a new bond with an old experience.
Shelley's Ode to the West Wind describes the link between man and one of nature's serene but at times destructive forces....