The Truth Of Romanticism And Romanticism Essay

1457 Words Nov 21st, 2014 6 Pages
Alexander Pham
Mr. Hallstrom
English 3H
13 November 2014
The Truth of Romanticism Many people around the world take their lives for granted until they succumb to maladies that slowly deteriorate them. They don’t realize that life can end in a sudden flash, and that their time on Earth would then have been wasted. The writings of the Romantics suggest that every moment of life is valuable, and that it is necessary for an individual to find beauty in his or her own perception of existence. This philosophy is ultimately valuable for people who seek comfort in the world –which means everyone.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, America was in a state of political chaos. As a reaction to this chaos, Americans adopted the principles established by the British Romantics. According to The Literature Network’s Romanticism: a Primer, “no other period in English literature displays more variety in style, theme, and content than the Romantic Movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” Such a passionate emphasis on creativity enabled US citizens to enjoy the simplest of things that life has to offer, such as wandering around nature, allowing their fears fade away into the day, and not focusing on the inevitable. The American writers that arose from this period were those of the Transcendentalist movement, and through the writings of the Transcendentalists came many great literary geniuses.
One of these literary geniuses was Walt Whitman. His poem “There Was a Child Went Forth”…

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