Friday, June 25, 2010

Romantic

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I was thinking about Romanticism last night. Not romantic love, but the idea that nature and aesthetics and feeling can be romantic. The Romantic writers, artists and musicians (among them were Keats, Edgar Allen Poe, Shelley, Beethoven, and Chopin) believed in the seperation of science from nature, awed in the untamed personality of nature, embraced the idea that emotion could overtake and be strong and all-encompasing (which was in direct opposition to the Victorian viewpoint of control), and that these ideas could be interpreted into music, art, and literature.

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I am a Romantic. No doubt about it. Though I am a biologist and physician, I believe that there are some things that science can't explain that that emotion is a driving power. I have loved Chopin since I was a child and thrill over Puccini's operas. My favorite painting is "The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse. One of my favorite books, that brings me to tears every time, is "Frankenstein," a classic of the Romantic period

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"Who is this? And what is here?"
And in the lighted palace near
Died the sound of royal cheer;
And they crossed themselves for fear,
All the Knights at Camelot;
But Lancelot mused a little space
He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."

Lord Alfred Tenneyson

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As you can see, Romanticism is alive and well.

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23 comments:

Johana Hill said...

Hi! Thanks for following! ;p

I'm delighted and returning the favor!

I love your pictures selection! ;p

Audrey said...

You have a beautiful blog!! Thanks so much for following my blog - I am following you back :)
Have a wonderful weekend.

Leah said...

Love you blog! So glad I found you!

Neccie's Creations said...

I love this post. I am a Romantic person and not just with love. I love everything edgar allen poe wrote and have read it aleast twice. I also like some classicla music. Thanks for sharing your thoughts they put a smile on my face.

Emily said...

Love this post, especially the romantic painting! I'm totally a romantic too!

Marvelous Mommy said...

Returning the Friday Follow love!

Becky aka. Bettie Rocker said...

I had the Lady painting in my room when I was in high school.

Kayla said...

Very pretty pictures!

ParadisePurls said...

Hi Erin- Thanks for visiting my blog today. I'm following yours now as well! Elizabeth @paradisepurls

kat said...

sorry for the late reply..got trouble with my pc...anyway, thanks for flollwing..i am now your new follower too.

Enjoy your weekend

BTW...I love the photos here...

5orangepotatoes said...

This is so beautiful. The poem made me smile and I too love that painting. I loved how the artists used a lot of redheads as their models at that time. ;)

lisa

Mishieru said...

Love all the pictures! And it's cool you consider snail mails to be romantic too. Because nowadays where everything could be done online, i still prefer the classic handing out of messages. Nothing is more romantic than that.

Happy weekend!

kristy eléna said...

beautiful images!! i love the romantic period too =)

Shawna said...

I just finished reading New Moon (Twilight series), and that's the closest I've been to romance in a while. I was pretty moved by the descriptions of loneliness and emptiness described as the two non-lovers in love were separated throughout the book. I love the passion that builds when they kiss...but how it must be cut off in smoldering heat, lest he kill her.

shannon said...

wow your blog is gorgeous, and these are lovely pictures!
thanks for the visit and nice comments btw :)

Mrs. Mother said...

Whenever I think of Lady of Shallot, I always think of Anne of Green Gables, where Anne and her friends attempt to re-enact the poem, and her boat winds up sinking. I love that series and the first book in particular.

You have the most beautiful pics.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a beautiful blog....looking forward to coming back aand reading more posts...

Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom) said...

Wow! You have such a beautiful blog...looks like a place that would be lovely to stay awhile and relax. Thanks so much for visiting me and for such a thoughtful comment. I'm looking forward to following your lovely blog :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Gorgeous pictures Erin! Visiting from TT. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Cassandra Frear said...

My favorite Romantic novel is Jane Eyre. It's a great example of the period.

Sweta said...

you have a beautiful blog :) Dropping in from NYcISlandGal's blog hop :) Thanks for following and the comment! :)

Sweta said...

you have a beautiful blog :) Dropping in from NYcISlandGal's blog hop :) Thanks for following and the comment! :)

Relyn said...

Oh, these images!! Am dying here. Swooning is a better description.

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