Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Romanticism- Not so lovely!


Romanticism
Years: 1798 – 1832

Content:

*human knowledge consists of impressions and ideas formed in the individual’s mind
* introduction of gothic elements and terror/horror stories and novels
* in nature one can find comfort and peace that the man-made urbanized towns and factory environments cannot offer

Style/Genres:

*poetry
* lyrical ballads

Effects:

* evil attributed to society not to human nature
* human beings are basically good
* movement of protest: a desire for personal freedom
* children seen as hapless victims of poverty and exploitation

After perusing this list of attributes related to the Romantic period in British literature, think of a song or artist today that would fit perfectly into this era. If you name a song, please put artist and a snippet (not the whole song) of the lyrics. If you name an artist, give an example of his/her work and explain why he/she fits.

14 comments:

KatieM1 said...

I dont know any artists that could fit in there, but I do know an actress that would fit in there perfectly. Keira Knightley did such a good job in Pride and Prejudice, I really thought that she was from that semi-romantic era! Oh, and Jimbo Dawkins I think could fit in there too. He has clothes for every era of History. (he fit in really well today with the 80's preppy look) haha, Just kidding Jimbo I love you!!

calliek3 said...

Mrs. Caldwell I would just like to say that this post is a little too deep and complex. I mean that is a really hard question and I must say that i have no idea what were are suppose to relate to romantcisim. What I mean is what are the characteristics.

ally irwin said...

Well, I'm not sure if these two people would fit perfectly but the first musicians who came to my mind were Alanis Morissette and James Blunt.

James Blunt You're Beautiful lyrics
You're beautiful, it's true.
There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it's time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.

I can't really think of a particular Alanis Morissette song, but most of her music is pretty depressing. I think her music would fit in this time period because she writes about the things you listed in our prompt.

jonathann6 said...

Not only is Dream Theater my favorite band, they are very romantic too. Here's one "snippet" of one of their songs, "A Change of Seasons":

"I remember a time
My frail, virgin mind
Watched the crimson sunrise
Imagined what it might find
Life was filled with wonder
I felt the warm wind blow
I must explore the boundaries
Transcend the depth of winter's snow

Innocence caressing me
I never felt so young before
There was so much life in me
Still I longed to search for more"

It shows individual's ideas forming, and comfort found in nature. It has a pretty heavy beat with some strong guitar/synth/bass sounds giving it what some people would call "gothic". It's "poetic" and it has "lyrical ballads". It also shows a desire for personal freedom.

It also has the theme of "evil attributed to society in this part of the same song:

"So far or so it seems
All is lost
With nothing fulfilled
Off the pages and the
T.V. screen
Another world
Where nothing's true"

It also portrays a boy as being victimized through being held back with "strings" in this "snippet":

"Hold on Boy
No time to cry
Untie these strings"

With all of this said, I dare somebody to find a song that fits the criteria better than this one.

jacksonj3 said...

I've got to agree with Callie on this. It is way too deep and complex for a blog. Usually the blogs are really easy questions to answer and this actually makes you think. I don't know why you would do this to us, although you have been harder as of late.

CaitlinW3 said...

Madonna would be a prime example, because she holds the attribute to have a desire for freedom. She could be viewed as the rebellious 80's liberator.

MaxT6 said...

that post was too long to read...

Rachaelw5 said...

The first song that comes to my mind is Martina McBride's "Independence Day." The song is about a woman who has a hard life wants to free herself. The song can be a message to all people, especially women who are mistreated, to seek help and find an escape.

"Let freedom ring
Let the white dove sing
Let the whole world know that today
Is a day of a reckoning
Let the weak be strong
Let the right be wrong
Roll the stone away
Let the guilty pay
It's Independence Day"

jonathann6 said...

y'all need to stop whining

ElliottM3 said...

I've got to agree with Jackson and Callie on this. It is way too deep and complex for a blog. Usually the blogs are really easy questions to answer and this actually makes you think. I don't know why you would do this to us, although you have been harder as of late.

Leeb3 said...

Green Day is a very liberal band that likes to create anti-Bush songs. They are part of the protest against conservatism. One song in which this is portrayed is title, "American Idiot." Part of the lyrics are: "Don't want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It's calling out to idiot America."

BakerB3 said...

Two people that I think fit the description pretty well are Daniel Powter with his song "Bad Day" and Nickelback with "Savin Me." They are both sort of depressing and show that human kind is not perfect.

Daniel Powter:
Where is the moment we need at the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to grey
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on

Nickelback:
Prison gates won't open up for me
On these hands and knees I'm crawlin'
Oh, I reach for you
Well I'm terrified of these four walls
These iron bars can't hold my soul in
All I need is you
Come please I'm callin'
And oh I scream for you
Hurry I'm fallin', I'm fallin'

Johnf5 said...

Ani Difranco is a good example of a modern artist who is romantic. Her writing style is very poetic and a lot of her topics deal with the social ills that exist today. She is also takes extreme stances on issues a lot of times.

philipr5 said...

This is way too deep and complex for a blog. Usually the blogs are really easy questions to answer and this actually makes you think. I don't know why you would do this to us, although you have been much harder on us lately.