II, William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan” Charles Baudelaire, “Get Drunk”
Individualism is the basic trait of romanticism. This element is evident of the production of all the poets of the period, including the selected artists. Individualism distinguishes the point of view of the poet under his perception over the political and social state of the time. It is a reflection of the visionary reality correlated reverence depicted with the use of imagery and embedded with passion and idealism. Together, these elements compose the distinguished style of each poet of the period of romanticism. These traits will be explored in the selected poetries to discover a major tendency of Romanticism over the specification of celebration of visionary reality and the ability of poetry to escape the real.
In this particular reference, William Wordsworth’s poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” which is also known as ‘ The Daffodils” is a production of the succinct passion of the love of nature aroused out of tranquility. It cannot be related to any witty observation of reality or linked to contextual social or political reference. It is an output primarily produced out of the love of nature. Wordsworth personified the nature objects (such as Daffodils) as a resource of pleasure and envy. Imagination and contemplation with celebration of nature is the basic essence of the theme. Happiness, solitude and relevance are the fundamental themes illustrated proficiently under the skillful manipulation of imagery.
The second poem that can be compared with the style is Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan”. This poem is a clear depiction of the social and political influences conceived by the poet. Robust romantic elements are utilized in the poem that can be traced with the evaluation of imagery, personifications and the utilized patterns. The creativity with the craft of imagery is utilized throughout the poem which purposefully ponders over the political and social chaos of the time. The fragmented imagery embedded with mysterious energy is consciously cultivated to communicate messages.
The portrayal of nature in the composition of Kubla Khan and the Daffodils is similar. However, the essence in terms of personification and caesura is entirely different. While, Words Worth is inclined towards tranquility, Coleridge is obviously oppressed under the influence of the political state.
The third selected work of Art is Charles Baudelaire, “Get Drunk”. This poem could be regarded as prophesy of retaliation against compression. While, Words worth displayed his power of willfully getting indulge and escape into the beauty of nature. The concept of escape from the perception of Coleridge is determined with the subtle utterance of witty correlation of imagination with rational social and political vision. In contrast to these two, the work of Charles Baudelaire suggests escape solution for individual who aspire independence from the oppression of the time. The rules of nature and morality are obvious in the imagery of Daffodils and Kabla Khan. While, ‘Get Drunk’ is a poor effort to dissemble the relationship of mind with feeling that laid the poet recommend drinking to trap pleasure and independence within the capacity of an ordinary man. Thus, it could be regarded that the three works of art profess the element of escape as its basic theme. However, the difference of perception reflects over the imagery and pattern of the three products of art which are further deployed with the variety of personification that allocate wide horizons of differences in terms of alliteration and euphrasy.
Poet.Org. A Brief Guide to Romanticism. 2 Jan 2004. http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/brief-guide-romanticism. 18 Dec 2014.