Women Writers of the Romantic Period
Romanticism (also known as the Romantic Period) is an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement, which originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe. This movement was against different political and scientific norms as well as Enlightenment ideas. Very important issue of the movement was humans’ attitude to nature. Humans were considered as apart of nature; as God’s creation. Most brightly it was introduced in music, paintings, and Literature. Romanticism has been divided into two periods – the first and the second generation.
Most of the greatest representatives of the period are considered to be men. However, there were also women writers in that period, who has written many famous and important works in the history of Romanticism. This essay will deal with four popular women writers of Romanticism.
One of the greatest women writers of the period is considered to be Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743 – 1825). She was a great essayist, children’s book author, and a great poet. She was born on June 20th, 1743 in a village in Leicestershire. Her father was a teacher, but as a child she received private teaching from her mother. Later, her mother convinced Anna’s father to teach his doughter Greek and Latin. Few years later, she met Joseph Priestley and became good friends with his family. Joseph Priestley was a British natural philosopher, educator, and political theorist. He is the person who discovered oxygen. Some believe that exactly from reading Priestley’s works she got inspiration to write her own. Her first poems were dedicated to Joseph Priestley. At the beginning her poems were read only in Warrington Academy. Later, her brother inspired her to publish her works. In the year 1771 she released her first collection of poems “Essays on Song-Writing.” …
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