What brought about the Age of Romanticism?
The Age of Romance within itself was not what we take it to be today. It was an age of individualized expressions of many things not wholly love and romance as we believe it to be.
Like many different social and literary movements, Romanticism was brought on as an outcry against the preceding movement, The Age of Reason. The Romantic period was a movement brought about because of the dislike of reason; dislike of being told what to think. In The Age of Reason, individuals were told to question ideas, systems and just about everything.
The Age of Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, officially ended the Middle Ages. The Dark Ages. It was a philosophical, political and social movement that took place primarily in Europe and, later, in North America, during the middle to late 17th and early 18th century. Its participants believed they were illuminating human intellect and culture, putting away many of the ways of the “dark” Middle Ages. Pulling humanity into an Age of Enlightenment, an Age of Reason which had many benefits that still exist today like the liberating of nations when they reasoned out why they shouldn’t follow a monarchy? Nor even needed one.
That was one of the contrast between the Age of Reason and the Age of Romance. The Age of Romanticism glorified the aristocracy and the aristocrats. Whereas the Age of Reason did not. It probed people to ask. “Why could they be ruled by someone else when they are perfectly capable of ruling themselves.” Out of this movement grew our Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, The Constitution, The French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte and many others.
Romanticism was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century, the late 1700’s and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850. The two era co-existed even unto today. They aren’t called by these names today but their influence can be seen in everyday life.