The Characteristics Of Romanticism

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Works of romanticism are exhibited in art, poetry, and music. Romanticism places an emphasis on emotion, a love of nature and how individuals connect to it. William Cullen Bryant To a Waterfowl and Thomas Durand’s painting Kindred Spirits both classify as romantic because both works reflect emotion, the awe of nature and the importance of imagination.

In To a Waterfowl, Bryant uses awe of nature, emotion, and the importance of imagination. The way in which Bryant uses awe of nature in this poem shows through the language he uses to describe nature. It shows his regard and love of nature. The reader is actually able to see in their mind what he is writing. When Bryant states, Whither, ?midst falling dew, while glow the heavens with the last steps of the day, far through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue thy solitary way?(Bryant 64), the reader is able to see with their imagination the waterfowl flying solo in the early morning hours or across the backdrop of the late evening sky. When Bryant describes the evening sky as the heavens that glow with rosy depths it shows his admiration of nature.

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Bryant also uses emotion in this poem. He speaks about walking alone as the waterfowl flies alone. In his statement, He, who, from zone to zone, guides through the boundless sky, they certain flight, in the long way that I must tread alone, will lead my steps aright.(Bryant 64), Bryant expresses the loneliness that he must have felt during his long daily walks. But he also talks about the comfort he finds in knowing that as God is with the waterfowl he is also with him.

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