Romanticism was an intellectual, artistic, and literary movement, beginning in the late 18th and maturing in the 19th century. In many ways Romanticism was a counter-attack to the cold formality of Classicism; the Romantics fought rationality and calculated self-expression by glorifying intense emotions such as passion, awe, and fear. Romanticism also prized traditions and customs, and was the beginning of the revival of medievalism.
Romanticism valued everything exotic and unusual, choosing to escape to lands unknown instead of accepting the industrialism and urbanization that was becoming more and more common in Europe. The movement valued nature and solitude, especially the poetry, which often addressed the reader directly to allow them to be swept away into the world and the story that the writer had woven for that purpose. The Romantic hero was different from the layman in both mental and physical aspects, and was often meant to serve as an example to raise the quality of society.
In England, the golden age of Romanticism started waning in the 1820s after the deaths of four Six Great Romantic Poets and the lack of any new work from the surviving two. Overall, Romanticism continued as the prevalent movement until the 1850s when it was largely replaced by Realism. In Eastern Europe, however, Romanticism was closely tied to the several national awakenings within Imperial Russia and thus the movement didn’t often begin until the second half of the 19th century.
Notable Romantics include Alexander Pushkin, William Wordsworth, Alexandre Dumas, José de Espronceda, Sir Walter Scott, Camilo Castelo Branco, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Mary Shelley, and the Brontë siblings.
(when asked about his favorites to read) Ernest Hemingway, JD Salinger, and I really like this poet named Gregory Corso. He was a Beat poet. He was pals with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. He’s my favourite poet.
He lives in the house in the mountains all by himself; it’s said that the few who dare trespass on the enormous grounds of the mansion are never seen again. There are some who say he’s some sort of a demonic beast, while others are sure he’s a fallen angel. Neither is correct.
“Fleur Delacour, whose whole narrative is wrapped up in her physical beauty until the point where she stands up and says hey, it’s not. Fleur Delacour, the Beauxbaxton’s champion, Fleur Delacour who stands with the Order, Fleur Delacour who loves and fights with fierce devotion […] How is this someone to hate?” (x)
Independent and ambitious, Aries natives make their own way as early in their lives as possible. A direct and forthright approach can be expected almost always, and when a sentiment is expressed, it’s bound to be sincere.
a collection of poetry written for persephone, the goddess of the spring who bit a god in the wrist and descended to the underworld to rule hell and hades and devoured the pomegranate and those who stood in her way to maintain her throne there
He strives for the picturesque, always taking notes and keeping the events of his life documented in ways that make them seem more beautiful than they actual were. He’s in love with the idea of love, with the idea that even the most terrible of things can be glorious in their own way.
his family has been pure long before the world had any concept of purity - surviving, no, thriving on the idea of corruption as the means to remain on their pedestal. it’s a clever sort of wandless magic, really, one that has afforded him the name to hold court in back alleys and hotel ballrooms. and so he smirks, and smokes his contraband cigarettes, and beds girls to piss his father off. but even he knows that you can only want what you are not yet capable of losing.
francis: there are such things as ghosts. people everywhere have always known that. and we believe in them every bit as much as homer did. only now, we call them by different names. memory. the unconscious. camilla: do you mind if we change the subject? please?
Considered the most serious-minded of the signs, the Capricorn possesses an independence that allows for considerable progress both personally and on the job. They are best suited for urban environments with culture and style, anyplace to be in charge.
side A: hades [listen] i. sleep through summer; now now every children |ii.heart swells/100-1; los campesinos! |iii.harsh realm; widowspeak | iv.breezeblocks; alt-j | v.you destroy me; vast | vi.smokey taboo; cocorosie | vii.everlasting light; the black keys | viii.luv, hold me down; drowners
side B: persephone [listen] i.we were wealthy; wye oak | ii.heavy in your arms; florence and the machine | iii.amsterdam; daughter | iv.cosmic love; florence | v.candles; daughter | vi.viices; made in heights | vii.a handsome stranger called death; foe | viii.run run run; celeste buckingham
it is summer. the sun is shining. it is winter. the sun is shining. you aren’t certain, upon reflection, when the last time was that the sun was not shining. when the rain starts, everyone around you panics. what do they know that you don’t? (insp)