Saturday, August 1, 2015


Romanticism in literature can be described by Keats’s famous line, ‘Truth is Beauty and Beauty is Truth” The German poet Friedrich Schlegel had defined Romanticism as "literature depicting emotional matter in an imaginative form." Victor Hugo had phrased it as "liberalism in literature". Imagination, emotion, and freedom are the focal points of romanticism. The characteristics of the literature of romanticism includes subjectivity and an emphasis on individualism; spontaneity; the beliefs that imagination is superior to reason and devotion to beauty; freedom from rules; solitary life rather than life in society; love of and worship of nature; and fascination with the past. Romanticism as an aesthetic attitude believes on emotion over reason; sensory experience before intellect; imagination as a road to transcendental experience and spiritual truth. Whereas Enlightenment thinkers value logic, reason, and rationality, Romantics value emotion, passion, and individuality. “Rejecting the ordered rationality of the Enlightenment as mechanical, impersonal, and artificial, the Romantics turned to the emotional directness of personal experience and to the boundlessness of individual imagination and aspiration”.

The Romantic writers, especially the poets, used to believe all people, regardless of wealth or social class should be able to appreciate art and literature, and artists should create art or literature accessible to everyone. The movement emphasized intense emotion as an authentic source of aesthetic experience. Romanticism assigned a high value to the achievements of "heroic" individualists and artists, whose examples, it maintained, would raise the quality of society. It also promoted the individual imagination as a critical authority allowed of freedom from classical notions of form in art. Romanticism, then, can best be described as a large network of sometimes competing philosophies, agendas, and points of interest. In a broader sense, Romanticism can be conceived as an adjective which is applicable to the literature of virtually any time period. So we can say, anything from the Homeric epics to modern time novels can bear the stamp of Romanticism. First and foremost, Romanticism is concerned with the individual more than with society. The individual consciousness and especially the individual imagination are especially fascinating for the Romantics.

So within the sphere of our limited capacity, this month we are presenting a special issue of “Our Poetry Archive” featuring romantic poems of this time. Thirty six poets around the world have contributed with their literary works in this collection of ‘Romantic Poems’. And we hope our readers will like this collection more than the previous ones!

As usual we invite poets around the world to participate in this journey of poetical exploration with their poems! Our address is <>  Our gratitude to all the contributors of this issue  and benefactors, supporters and friends.





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