How and Why the Reigning Romanticism Give Way to New Ways of Thinking and Writing
The 1770’s marks the advent of Romanticism in every field of arts. Contrary to the strict disciplined of the accepted arts of the Romans and Greeks, romanticism celebrated the thoughts of the common, expressed in music, paintings, drama, sculpture and other forms of fine art. It originated in Germany and England and spread throughout Europe.
The elitist society and the royal influenced of the art world scorned this adventurous form of new expression, basically because it lacks the accepted strict format of the Greeks andthe Romans. It also communicated the soul of the common and the unschooled people.
The interest of folklore blossomed and spreads because it inaugurates popular significance.
The age of Romanticism is a turn-over of interest of ideas, thoughts, feelings, aspirations and lives of its subject. Art which at that time has been dominated by the structures introduced and dominated by the Greeks and the Romans, shifted, become natural and recognizable. Politics becomes a subject for expression and the sentiments of the folks found a venue in music, novels, drama, paintings and many other forms of art.
Nationalism articulated the ideals of the people of the era thus art has become contemporary in nature.
This era may be summarized in the person that contributed to the popularity of this period, Shakespeare. ‘He was not college-educated, and although his company had the sponsorship of King James, his work was not entirely “respectable”.’ Many elitist artists denied his presentation since he lacks the back-up of the accepted discipline. Shakespeare does not cultivate the recognized form and although his subjects may be in some of his plays of royal settings, a lot of his works were about the common people. This move of focus brought ideas, thoughts, outlooks that at one time regarded as ordinary and inappropriate issues for arts. Rousseau celebrated this period with his communion with nature and articulated this unity in his work Les Reveries du
Promeneur Solitaire (Reveries of a Solitary Walker).
This period may be defined as radicalism since it dares to challenge the established venue of the Greek and Roman-influenced authorities in the fields of art, but somehow, the genius of the expressions refused to be suppressed and asserted their right to presentation and admiration. The brilliance of the common thoughts expressed by artists with the sentiments of the current issues shone and through these genius presentations they were able to claim their seat in the era. The age of Romanticism changed art from the very soul. Art has recognized the thoughts of the common people and the politics of the ordinary folks. It has embraced nature to its realm and celebrated the beauty of its existence in the subjects of paintings, music, drama and many others. It has broken its bondage to the exacting discipline of its school and found its heart to the ordinary people.
Romanticists believe in the beauty of the ordinary and the natural and stated a claim to expression the world of arts. Thus, new thoughts are heard, taken for granted beauties are seen, feelings of the regular man are expressed, new forms of politics declared and commonness did not become too common after all.