Power of the mind

The human and artistic concerns of both the Romantic and Victorian Ages are similar to our own concerns; the response to those concerns- given by poets, novelists, dramatists and artists- can help us live fuller, more meaningful and creative lives in our own times.

Romanticism is one of the most influential periods of English Literature. Despite it not actually revolving around ‘love’ (a bit misleading for those who just read the term right before they look into the time period more), it is one of the turning points in history, revolutionising humanity and our intellectual capacity one step at a time.

While the first few weeks of 19th Century Literature have been quite overwhelming, the idea of romanticism itself has become more and more overwhelming. As ideas from various Romantic artists and poets have come together to deliver one main idea, it seemed

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that the importance of imagination was a topic of debate during that particular period.

In terms of imagination being a key element for human beings, by today’s standards, it is quite agreeable. Without having imagination, we would be actually seeing the world in black and white, like an old cinematic film, no sound, no colour (not that it is a bad thing). The point of imagination is to explore the many possibilities and breaking the barriers, and unlocking a new section of our brain each time, creating something quite exquisite. If it wasn’t for imagination, I wouldn’t be able to write this blog post as the idea of blogs would not exist.

Although I haven’t fully read up on the Victorian Age itself and skim read a few of the works in the Victorian Age volume of the Norton Anthology of English Literature (great books, so many works of great writers), it seems that imagination and the power of the mind is followed on within the period. Even though the themes and emotions are similar in some cases and different in others, I will be looking forward to looking into the period more.

So fellow bloggers, I must leave you with one question: Is imagination, and the power of our minds one of the most important elements of human life? Consider how the lifestyle of the time period in which we live in did not exist and how our lives would be if romanticism wasn’t existent.


3 thoughts on “Power of the mind

  1. Suzanne.S says:

    Hi Joshua,

    This is an interesting and descriptive entry about the Romantic period. I also like the picture you’ve included, as it enhances your entry. I believe that it is vital to study the context of any text that one reads, as it can allow the reader to understand the author’s intent of the novel or poem. In order to improve this entry I would change the last line of your entry to: “how our lives would be if romanticism didn’t exist”. I would also join the paragraph where it says “various” to the previous paragraph. Overall, you’ve done a good job in proving important information about the Romantic period, so keep up the good work!


  2. michaelgriffith1 says:

    Interesting first blog Joshua! I like your central idea that we have perhaps inherited one of the really important aspects of Romanticism in our belief in the importance of imagination, but overall (as I say below) you must try to write more economically, saying what you have to say more simply and directly.
    *Please attend to editing your work carefully. Here is what I have picked up:
    * influential periods of the English Literature world. = influential periods of English Literature . [watch out for the words that you don’t need! Try to be much more Try to be more concise. Read over your words and see what can be left out. Simple is clear. Great writers say much with few words.]
    * read up upon the victorian age = read up on the Victorian Age [proper nouns]

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