World History (Ms. Sue)

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Describe the emergence of Romanticism in art and literature, social critisim, and the move away from Classicism in Europe.

In the late seventeenth century, an intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment began in France and then spread throughout the world. This universal movement inspired the creation of another that changed thinking for artists and writers called classicism. Unlike other influences on art and literature, classicism stressed reason, balance, restraint, and universalism. Hence, during that period, the works of artists and writers emulated the arts of ancient Greece and Rome. By the end of the eighteenth century, however, many artists had grown tired of being told how to think and how to interpret life. Thus, a new movement called romanticism emerged as an outcry against the Enlightenment.
Unlike classicism, romanticism empathized individualism and emotion. Romantic artist Ludwig van Beethoven, for instance, was committed to writing music that reflected his deepest feelings: “I must write, for what weighs on my heart, I must express.” Another one of the most important characteristics of the movement was commonly expressed through romantic poetry— its love of nature. Romantics fell in love with the natural world because they strongly believed that nature was essentially a mirror that enabled humans to learn about themselves through their own reflections. Since romanticism emphasized individual experience, they also believed in the significance of ordinary people and folk traditions.
Like their fictional characters, Romantics were misunderstood or rejected by the society around them. Nevertheless, they deeply valued ordinary people and their individual experiences in everyday life. Romantic art, music, and literature thus reflected their profound appreciation, leading to the development of social criticism—artistic work that addresses diverse issues in society. The novels of Charles Dickens are an example of this work. In the fictional stories of Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, for instance, Dickens vividly describes the sufferings of London’s poor. One of Gustave Courbet’s famous paintings, The Stonebreakers, also displays two roadworkers fulfilling the deadening task of breaking stones to build a road—a scene of human misery."

  1. Ms. Sue

    Looks good.

  2. Writeacher

    Is all of this one long quotation? With no citation??

    “I must write, for what weighs on my heart, I must express.” Another one of the most important characteristics of the movement was commonly expressed through romantic poetry— its love of nature. Romantics fell in love with the natural world because they strongly believed that nature was essentially a mirror that enabled humans to learn about themselves through their own reflections. Since romanticism emphasized individual experience, they also believed in the significance of ordinary people and folk traditions.
    Like their fictional characters, Romantics were misunderstood or rejected by the society around them. Nevertheless, they deeply valued ordinary people and their individual experiences in everyday life. Romantic art, music, and literature thus reflected their profound appreciation, leading to the development of social criticism—artistic work that addresses diverse issues in society. The novels of Charles Dickens are an example of this work. In the fictional stories of Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, for instance, Dickens vividly describes the sufferings of London’s poor. One of Gustave Courbet’s famous paintings, The Stonebreakers, also displays two roadworkers fulfilling the deadening task of breaking stones to build a road—a scene of human misery."

  3. Victoria

    No.

  4. Writeacher

    No, what?

  5. Victoria

    It's not a quotation. The quotation mark at the end of the last sentence is a typo.

  6. Writeacher

    Then where does the quotation that starts with "I must write ... " end? And where does it come from?

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