R for Romance

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For a die hard romantic like me, R had to be for Romance!

That it was something which was taught in Masters was quite a news for me! Romance, I always thought was what was being shown in Bollywood and Hollywood and of course college teaches you all kinds of things related to it.

Wikipedia says : Romanticism (also the Romantic era or the Romantic period) was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe towards the end of the 18th century and was at its peak from 1800 to 1850. Romance is defined as, “Love emphasizing emotions over other things.”

Romanticism is :

  • Imagination
  • Intuition
  • Idealism
  • Inspiration
  • Individuality

No other period in English literature displays more variety in style, theme, and content than the Romantic Movement at the turn eighteenth century.Romanticism, is a large network of competing philosophies, agendas, and points of interest. In England, Romanticism had its greatest influence from the end of the eighteenth century up through about 1870. Its primary vehicle of expression was in poetry, although novelists adopted many of the same themes. Contrary to the English , American literature championed the novel as the most fitting genre for Romanticism’s exposition. In a broader sense, Romanticism can be conceived as an adjective which is applicable to the literature of virtually any time period. Hence anything from the Homeric epics to modern novels can be said to have the stamp of Romanticism.

Romanticism is concerned with the individual consciousness and especially the individual imagination. “Melancholy” was quite the mantra for the Romantic poets and altered states of consciousness were often sought after in order to enhance one’s creative potential.  Nevertheless, writers invested more in social causes as the period moved forward. Due to Industrial Revolution, English society was undergoing the most severe paradigm shifts it had seen in recent times. Early Romantics poets yearned for an idealized, simpler past. In particular, English Romantic poets had a strong connection with mythology and medieval times.

The styles and values of Romantic period still exist for example:

  • Feelings ,emotions and imagination take priority over logic and facts.
  • Belief in children’s innocence
  • Nature as beauty and truth
  • Outsiders as representatives of special worth (excluded by rigid society or irrational norms
  • Nostalgia for the past
  • intensification and extremes
  • Common people idealized as dependable source of true common sense and sentiment
  • Idealized or abstract settings; characters as symbolic types
  • Gothic as nightmare (world of intense emotions and complex psychology)

Any of these qualities can be associated with Romanticism, but none of them defines or limits Romanticism absolutely. Sometimes they may contradict each other.

So much so for actual Romanticism or the beginning of Romance. By the turn of 19th century , with the invention of films, Romanticism took an entry to show itself live on screen. Since Romanticism makes you think as the protagonist, or as the creator of the romantic piece (Poetry, art, movies or prose), it made people to be imaginative or be creative . The Romantic poets were regarded as innovators in their own imaginations as opposed to realism. The real problems of life in the world seemed to be pushed aside and hence in coherence with the romantics of the present age.

Nonetheless, its is absolutely necessary to be a romantic even if you are a scientist because only then you would imagine and create things which would let others to look into your thoughts/innovations. Romanticism gave birth to think differently and produced protagonists as heroes of the society who would bring about the much needed change. Falling in love in contradictory situations is a small part of romanticism as I observed while reading about Romanticism at large.

Thanks to Bollywood for such an ample dose of romanticism at all times and for giving us heroes, winners and pragmatic thinkers who believed in changes!

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NB- Knowledge extracted from Internet sources.


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