Not being one of the great literary minds of the ages, when I thought of the Romantic Era or Romanticism, I envisioned novels jam-packed with smarmy love stories full of woe. I had no idea I was so wrong until now.
While the Romantic Era did have some love stories in them, its origins traced back to the mid-18th century when people became interested in folklore. Men such as the Brothers Grimm collected fairy tales and other people studied folk songs. This led them to believe that the imaginations of the common people could rival more educated poets and composers.
Romanticism was partially a rebellion against the Enlightenment Era. It emphasized subjectiveness, irrationality, personal emotions, and the spiritual. It can be characterized by a new fond appreciation of nature, a choice of feelings instead of reason and intelligent thought, focuses more on passion and inner battles, and the
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