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
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.