Coleridge's "Fear in Solitude" is a great example of the influence of the French revolution upon the British romanticism.
Coleridge's "Fear in Solitude" is a great example of the influence of the French revolution upon the British romanticism. "Fears in Solitude" is a very significant work for the reason that it was written during the alarm of an invasion. Moreover it is extremely topographical in order to give an idea of the location in which the poet was inspired. Place and time are very important elements in Coleridge's writing and in this particular work he expresses he fears of a possible invasion. Here Coleridge portrays nature as a spiritual gateway, an escape from the real world and the anxiety created by a potential invasion. So he finds a "green and silent spot" a place in nature which takes him away from the terrible news that was expected to arrive. Furthermore we see Coleridge to admit that his own people have done some horrible deeds in the past, however he
This chapter talks about the influences of the French Revolution, the legacy of the revolutionary era. There are many influences that can be seen such as companies, streets named after famous generals and wars, the flags that were adopted by countries in Europe, and weights & measures that were invented by the revolutionaries. But the most important are the ones that aren't easily seen, the ideas of how to organize societies that revolutionaries passed on to future generations. The first set of idea that is important is liberalism. The National Assembly made the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen, giving the French equal rights and liberties. The idea of giving people liberty and equality through a constitution was an important achievement. The constitutions were introduced to the states during Napoleon's rule over Europe. The old rulers took control when he was defeated and got rid of many constitutions, millions of Europeans were 'liberals', believing in ideas of liberty and equality, and wanting a constitution giving them rights. Nationalism is a key idea of the French Revolution. France was a nation, not a kingdom. It was not the personal property of Louis XVI, but a union of all 28 million French people. First act of the revolutionaries was to set up a National Assembly that spoke for the people. They adopted a tricolor flag to represent the nation, the red and blue as the colors of the people and the king's traditional white. Many Europeans experienced living in nations under Napoleon's rule. When he was defeated, they redrew the borders and it had nothing to do with the people's nationality. People living under foreign rule or separate states from their countrymen did what the French did. They started revolutions to change the way they were ruled. Liberals and nationalists started revolutions in 1820, 1830, and 1848. Revolutionaries of the 19th century borrowed many images and ideas from the French Revolution. The most famous was of 'Liberty', created in 1792. Liberty was portrayed as a young women, named Marianne. The most famous image of Liberty is the Statue of Liberty in NY that France gave to the US. The era of revolutions also created many myths and legends. The most lasting is the Napoleonic legends. In the writings about him, he built up an account of his life and ideas that made him seem like a great hero, and helped build his reputation as a great historical figure when they were published. The legend of Napoleon was spread in many ways, including bearing his portrait on coins, brands, lullabies, or through architecture with carvings of Napoleon.
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chart showing some of the influences of the French Revolution