Axel DeSpain Mrs. Hicks English 10 A 09 January 2018The Art of Romanticism Romanticism has been around for hundreds of years. Romanticism is a movement in the arts and literature that originated in the 18th century. It emphasised inspiration, freedom, self-hood, creativity, and the primacy of an individual. Whether it’s personal life stories, or the beautiful artwork of Henry David Thoreau and Mary Oliver, Romanticism has a impactful movement on the way us humans think. Romanticism is made up of freedom and creativity and make up the most important elements of this art. Henry David Thoreau used literary elements to show his message about Romanticism. For example, metaphors help Thoreau express that a life well focused on simplicity is therefore a life well lived. As he explains as to why he lives on Walden Pond, Thoreau wrote, ” I wanted to live deep and suck out all of the marrow in life,” (Paragraph 1). What Thoreau means is that he wanted to live a pure, stress free, and wanted to live life to the fullest. Like he wrote, he wanted to suck all the marrow of life to the last drip and live deeply and truly live and discover life. Another important piece of information n Henry’s “Walden” was that he stated that , “…to live so sturdily and Spartan-like..”. To live Spartan like is to not waste the time you have, to be out there, and to be big and open towards everything and everyone. Like many of Thoreau’s quotes, they all relate to the art of Romanticism and its main beliefs. In conclusion, Thoreau shows his extreme intimacy for the beauties of nature and the pureness of the world.Mary Oliver also used many literary devices and examples to express her message throughout her poet. For example, “It was what I was born for to look, to listen,to lose myself inside this soft world.” This quote gives the reader a powerful message informing us that Mary Oliver was born to look, to understand, and to experience the beauties of this world. Mary Oliver is much like many other poet writers who relate towards the beauty of nature within ways unexplainable. Another delivering quote, “Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight.” Mary Oliver uses this quote to describe that there is so much beauty in life, but a the same time the beauty is being taken away. In addition, Mary Oliver loves and relates to nature and beauty so much that it fills her emotions with delight and realizes how beautiful it truly is. Another powerful line stated in the poem was, ” I say to myself, how can you help but grow wise with such teachings as these.” As a result, this informs us that all the beauty around us in this world not only gives us a sense of beauty for it, but a sense of knowledge that is priceless. In conclusion, Oliver takes an existential delight within nature in all of her works. Throughout Fahrenheit 451, I noticed a connection between the characteristics that are found within Romanticism. For example, one of Romanticism’s main beliefs is the connection between humans with nature. Ray Bradbury used multiple strong examples of imagery to describe nature in his work. From the early years of Clarisse’s life, Bradbury claims that she is an innocent little girl by informing the reader about her passion and love for nature. Although Fahrenheit 451 has many technological advances and equipment in their society, Bradbury kept it simple, and by naming some machinery after animals. In addition, he even used animal like characteristics to describe his characters. Lastly, when Clarisse causes Montag to taste the rain, Montag’s character had a new aspect on life and had completely change. Montag’s change in character promotes him as innocent. I believe this change in character shows many good qualities in Montag’s character which shows that selfhood and freedom for himself . All in all, the work portrayed from Ray Bradbury easily showed multiple examples to prove the fact that this book showed Romanticism. One day I was riding my bike out through the backside of Lake Arrowhead and at that moment I had come to realize how beautiful Mother Nature really is. The beautiful smell of the sweet pine trees, the crisp breeze, and the beautiful chirp of the birds. Riding down through streams, feeling the fresh air, and just enjoying the ride is truly peaceful and in my opinion the best way to relieve stress. Studies show that taking a stroll through a park or through nature have been led to show improvement on being more focused on tasks, and performing at a higher status. I believe that we as humans, have a connection to the outdoors and Nature in such a way that is inexplicable. We all get that sense of feeling when going on that drive with the windows down, that sense of freedom, being open, and taking everything in and not for granted. Mother Nature herself is beyond beautiful and sometimes we are moving too fast in life to just stop and truly look at how fortunate we are to have such beauty. I truly believe that I would describe myself under the Romanticism category. For example, riding through the mountains of Lake Arrowhead makes me feel that sense of freedom, being open, and living completely stress free. Romanticism is all about being free and living with Mother Nature’s beauties. Riding in Lake Arrowhead made me feel and understand what it is like to be apart of Romanticism. All in all, Mother Nature relates and connects not only to Romanticism but to us as well in such a way that we are almost physically attached to her and the beauties brought with her. To wrap it up, many sources such as Henry David Thoreau, Mary Oliver, and even authors such as Ray Bradbury all portray Romanticism in such a way that relates to them and their story. Even today, we all have experienced some sort of Romanticism. Since the 1800’s, Romanticism and the beliefs of it have only been growing and spreading. Romanticism is based off the belief of freedom, selfhood, nature, love, and the creativity of an individual. All in all, the artwork of Romanticism has influenced the world we know of today.