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    Why was Romanticism popular?
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    Firstly, we must look at the question itself. You have made the presumption that it was popular, rather than just a literary movement limited to a few individual artists in the nineteenth century. If we accept the premise of the question for the sake of it though, the main reasons seem to be: the industrial revolution which was leading to distance between man and nature as urban areas began to grow, the destruction to the environment, the yearning for the past reflected in ruralism and pastoralism, a tradition of longevity especially in classical tradition, it has great precedent (Cato, On Agriculture).

    Romanticism was as much about politics and individuality in society as it was in art, a rebellion of social norms, a renewed interest in the medieval and ethnicity, which lead to the concept of national identities and national historians. Bold figures such as Napoleon promoting individual rights and self determination (at least in theory). Idealism, boldness, the wanderer (the famous painting of the man on the rocks. It reflected both the peculiar yearning to be a member of society, while at the same time preserving autonomy and individuality.
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    Thank you so much. I honestly that the French Revolution had a big part to play. Can I also ask, what about the Gothic genre? Did that benefit the romantic movement in becoming greater?

    In addition, can I use your answer for my blog?
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    (Original post by melissadh)
    Thank you so much. I honestly that the French Revolution had a big part to play. Can I also ask, what about the Gothic genre? Did that benefit the romantic movement in becoming greater?

    In addition, can I use your answer for my blog?
    The French Revolution and the Gothic genre certainly had an enormous impact, the former in particular completely attacked the foundations of European monarchy and put the continent into a shock it did not recover from until the Congress of Vienna around twenty years later. Romanticism is such a complex subject that it's not easy to condense into a few characters, there really is too many things to speak of.

    You may use my answer in your blog, but as it provides no primary sources or textual evidence I would discourage from academic usage, i'm very confident the information is correct (or at least the idea behind it is logical) but yes the sources themselves should be looked at.

    The Gothic genre had quite an influence due to its association with some of the main writers of the Romantic movement, Shelly (Frankenstein), Percy Shelly and Byron tapped into the dark and mystical together while on holiday one time, they used themes common to their other writing which generally defied the conventional and favoured a reevaluation of societal norms (Frankenstein demonstrates the destruction of playing God, as the factory was)
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    Thanks
    I am studying Frankenstein right now and see the link.
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    (Original post by melissadh)
    Thanks
    I am studying Frankenstein right now and see the link.
    No worries,message me anything literature related. I'm a massive book nerd.
 
 
 
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