Romanticism


Percy Bysshe Shelley imbibed his radical philo...
Percy Bysshe Shelley imbibed his radical philosophy from William Godwin’s Political Justice. (Amelia Curran, 1819) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romanticism is the term given to a late 18th and early 19th century movement in art, literature and music where emphasis turned away from preexisting rules of expression to a freer, more naturalistic exploration of human emotion and individuality.

Romanticism is not to be confused with mushy, gushy art; that is, the sentiments of lovers. While this certainly can be a part of Romanticism, the emotions expressed are also dark and stirring, as we find with the music of the German composer, Richard Wagner.

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