Romanticism: Life and Nature Essay examples

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When it comes to the romantic era , nature, religion and life and death are very important. At first a romantic piece can seem very confusing or boring, but once the deeper meaning is found it becomes a beautiful masterpiece. There is never enough beauty or depth in a romantic piece. The many writers of the romantic era capture this essence perfectly, giving the pure depth of the work. When looking at the many works it is seen that they all sometimes have something in common connecting them and opening our imagination to see the meaning of it. Nature tends to be a very common theme in the romantic writings. There is always some aspect of nature in a writers piece. In the piece "the tide rises, the tide falls" by Henry wadsworth is a very beautiful poem focused around nature and as we'll life and death. In this poem a traveler is traveling on the beach, and with the words used you see that he is coming to the end of his life. The time of day is "twilight" and it begins to "darken." Showing that death is near, because night time and darkness represent death. "The morning breaks;the steeds in their stalls. Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls. The day returns, but nevermore. Returns the traveller to the shore. And the tide rises, and the tide falls." This quote shows that even with death the world around will continue to go on as if nothing happened. Death can come at any moment and the world will not stop and wait for you It keeps going. In this quote nature is also seen, "the tide rises, the tide falls." There is the ocean, the tide, the night and day, the nature around him gives the depth of the meaning to life and death allowing the reader to understand the concept of death never waits. "the tide rises, the tide falls" is not the only piece with these two aspects. It is also seen in "to a waterfowl." The traveler in this book is traveling alone when he notices a waterfowl(bird) flying in the sky alone as well. Both the bird and the traveller feel alone when in reality they are not. The traveller realizes this when watching the bird and beings to speak of a "higher being" who will lead them where they need to go. As the story goes on the aspect of life and death is brought in when the bird comes to the end of its life and goes to "bird heaven," one could say.
"Thou'rt gone, the abyss of heaven. Hath swallowed up thy form; yet,bon my heart. Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou has given, and shall not soon depart." The bird has came to the end of its life and the traveller will never forget the lesson he learned from the bird. That you are never alone in life there is always a "higher being" leading you down the path needed to go down. Which could in a way be tied to religion because of the "higher being." The nature in this piece is obvious, it is all around the traveller. Nature Is his teacher ,bringing him to where he needs to be. This piece is almost exactly like "a tide rises, a tide falls." Both with nature, life and death, and the thought of life doesn't wait but there is always a purpose to anything. "The first snowfall" by James Russell Lowell the exact same concepts are seen in a different way and a more sad way. A man mourns over the loss of his daughter when the snowfall begins to fall and covers up the pain of the daughters death. "The stiff rails were softened to swan's down, and still fluttered down the snow." This main is sitting at his daughters grave when the snow begins to fall. He has been having a "stiff time since his daughter death and as the snow falls it "softens" the stiffness. This poem shows romanticism beautifully. This man is lost and hurting and the nature around him softens and takes some of the hurt away allowing the pain to go away. This poem shows us life and death, nature and religion all in one poem just as the other two did. The religion