Monday, March 14, 2011

Thinkers of the enlightenment pondered divine revelation within human beings and their individual take on God's actions. In the Romantic era, however, nature is often thought of separately than God. Ideologies of atheism and gothic mindsets came about through poetry and art and revolution in the soul was brought upon in Romantic music. Where as the enlightenment brought about new ideas that challenged the brains moral thoughts, Romanticism aimed to strike the soul which was a place never publicized before. It is most important to recognize that the apparent significance of God and his preoccupation within people's actions is abscent in Romanticism, because all advances are made throughout the era through inspiration that is nature rather than divine. The experimentation away from religion and towards natural inspiration was the key ingredient for people to get away from the structure of divine enlightenment thinking and towards the most poignant works  of art, poetry, and music created in the Romantic era.
Art in the Romantic era was successful for artists such as  Blake, Delacroix, and Turner, because they transferred their own personal emotions into heartrending works let each viewer take a personal interpretation of the work. In Lady Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, the contours of the figures in the art are on a diagonal towards Lady Liberty. This strikes movement in the viewer's perceptions, and the vibrancy of the colors strikes emotion in the subject. with this work, people could look at the painting and get a sense of the significance of freedom from their own souls and not the mathematical mind of an artist. In Turner's Slave Ship, not one straight, clean edge appears in the masterpiece. Instead, there is a fogginess about the work that allows for colors to infuse together and create a picture easily understood by the eye. It's lack of exact drawing, however, lends people the opportunity for free interpretation. In William Blake's watercolor of a woman in a white dress laying upside down on a bed, with Satan grinning next to her, and a white horse peering anxiously into the room, a person gets a sense of romance   and harsh emotion between the purity and corruption. Almost every grown person that looks at the painting can be reminded of an event of corruption that renders their soul. The devil was such a feared entity in this time, and a piece like this brings about honesty yet equal emotional sarcasm in the idea. Romantic art is not about clarity, rather simplistic washes that can hit every viewer's internal emotions.
Romantic poetry focused often on nature, but also on the loss of touch with religion. The first poignant works of poetry came from this era because peots followed no formula or scheme. Percy Shelley posted a poetic work on the door of a church about being atheist and claiming himself a life like Jesus. This was said to be blasphemy and sins to religions; however, this was also a way for Shelley to get out his emotions in a way that was never expressed before. Elightenment thinkers revolved around God, but Romantic poets traveled within a life within God to see how they were effected; the greatest poetry of all time came from this era because of this. John Keats observed his life and expressed his honesty about his life coming to an end. Ceasing to exist had never been thought about, because with optimistic thoughts in the enlightenment, everyone went to see god in their afterlife. Keats found life in nature and earth much more important, on the contrary, because he knew it well and could express himself within it. Poetry of the Romantic era took ideas of nature and death before God because poets often came to the conclusion that they could not be promised a life after death.
Music of the Romantic era most easily hit the soul, because the mind did not have to be used, rather the heart could listen. Death, life, climax, and conflict were all expressed in Beethoven's symphonies, where crescendos, decrescendos, key changes, and tempo changes were all utilized to tell a store that was different for every person. Franz Shubert and Frederic Chopin gave much of their music these beautiful sound qualities and note patterns that had an immense realm of sadness within them. THese emotions felt from the music are unexplainable most of the time because it is not up to the mind to ponder the sounds. The should of a listener is expertly manipulated in the music so that feelings are felt that have never been felt before and memories are brought back that hit ricochet through the human frame. It had never been identified before that music could be made foremost for the heart of the people and not for the commission of a profession. Most importantly, music was made by theses composers through natural inspiration and strictly not by divine inspiration.
The visual aspect of art, the visual and auditory aspects of poetry, and the auditory aspect of music in the Romantic era was superior to any new thought that came through the Enlightenment, because the natural imagination of the body and soul of a person was encouraged with Romanticism. The art allowed for people to interpret the given scenes that portrayed constant motion. Poetry of the Romantic era put words into place that hit the soul in a way that was addicting because it was far against what had bee publicized before. Music, finally had life-changing qualities because it was made from natural inspiration that all listeners could understand. The enlightenment was full of thoughts that were in minute transition from culture of Europe, but the ideas of the Romantics set aside any hint of political, social, and economic factors that often structures a population.

1 comment:

  1. Overall, pretty good. Nice examples and analysis. I would refrain from making judgments like: "The visual aspect of art, the visual and auditory aspects of poetry, and the auditory aspect of music in the Romantic era was superior to any new thought that came through the Enlightenment, because the natural imagination of the body and soul of a person was encouraged with Romanticism." without further clauses explaining "why". After all, what if your reader does not think that encouraging the natural imagination is necessary to the production of great and powerful art? One could argue that the Romantics are over-emotional and lacking in logic and common sense. Who do you think would win in an argument, Voltaire or John Keats?