Characteristics of Romanticism

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The Fourteen Characteristics of Romanticism 1. Medievalism - looking on the past to a simpler lifestyle (the good ole days). ''Written in the Close of Spring'' by Charlotte Smith 2. Orientalism - (exotic locales) places that everyday people would not venture. Mystery - emotional stimulus. 3. Primitivism - belief that man was born inherently good. (Noble Savage - writing by people of primitive cultures - Africa, Native American) Society makes them bad. 4. Progress - Romantics were not against …

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…of Art - authors believed their writings were cleansing their souls. ''Lines Composed a Few Miles away from Tintern Abbey'' by William Wordsworth 13. Protest and Dissent - Original Protesters ills of society and the church. Not all authors of this era believed in this. ''Lines Written in Early Spring'' by William Wordsworth 14. A love of the wild and picturesque - Nature is almost a character in novels. Nature inspires creativity. ''Pastoral Poesy'' by John Clare