The Romantic Period
by Jordan Houston-Taylor
The Romantic Period was an literary, artistic, and intellectual movement that roots come from Europe. This movement lasted from about mid 1700s to the late 1800s. The reason for Romanticism was to revolt against an established order of things that are precise rules, laws, dogmas, and all things that characterize Classicism. The characteristics of the Romantic Period were very romantic-like, it also characterized the mood or movement where the central characteristics is revolt, and self-expression is stressed.
George Gordon Byron
George Gordon Byron was an English poet during this period. He was born on January 22, 1788. Also Byron was active in many other fields, such as politics where he became a lord in the House of Lords in the year 1812. He also took interest in social issues in Parliament dealing with disadvantaged groups. He was a man who loved animals, especially his dog Botswain. But Lord Byron is mostly famous for his poetry, that would include the classic poetry collections Child’s Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. Don Juan was considered an epic and was shocking during this age. Byron died in Greece in 1824 from a terrible cold.
Jane Austen was an English author during this period. She was born on December 16, 1775. Jane spent much of her early adulthood helping run the family home, playing piano, attending church, and socializing with neighbors. When she reached her 30s, Austen began to anonymously publish her work. She was not popular to many in her time but her works became extremely popular after 1869. One of her greatest work was Pride and Prejudice which is about the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Jane Austen died July 18, 1817 to what some would say was Addison’s disease.
George Gordon Byron
Narrators of the Chimney Sweeper Poems and Words, phrases, or lines revealing narrator's perspective
Songs of Innocence Version
- Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!"
- And by came an Angel who had a bright key, And he opened the coffins & set them all free;
- And the Angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy, He'd have God for his father & never want joy.
- Tom was happy & warm; So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.
Songs of Experience
- Crying "weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe!
- They clothed me in the clothes of death, And taught me to sing the notes of woe.
- I am happy and dance and sing
- gone to praise God and his Priest and King, Who make up a heaven of our misery.
William Blake's chimney sweeper in Songs of Innocence is different from his chimney sweeper in Songs of Experience. The chimney sweeper in Songs of Innocence is exactly what the title says, he's innocent, and the sweeper gets to see an angel and walk in the meadows. But in Songs of Experience it is more realistic and less innocent, in this version the characters parents abandon him to be at church. These two versions are the way that Blake criticized society by pointing out that kid's parents abandoned them, and larger institutions, such as the church, did too, because everybody's too focused on Heaven rather than what is going on right in the present.