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|The Romantic Movement and Sense & Sensibility.
Written by Mandy N
(9/16/2006 2:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some thoughts on the title, penned by Barbara
Jane Austen wrote this work around 1800, on the cusp of two cultural movements : Classicalism and Romanticism.
In contrast, Marieanne represents qualities associated with the emerging 'Cult of sensibility' of romance, eager in her sorrows and joys, excess with no moderation with an admiration for the beauty of nature.
Marieanne and her mother nurture strong feelings...or emotion.
'Sensibility also involves the display of emotion to the exclusion of social propriety and feelings of others'.
-R.Gill and S.Gregory. Mastering the Novels of Jane Austen. (Palgrave.2003) p.73
Marieanne reminds us Jane Austen was a contemporary of late C18th Romantic poets such as Blake, Byron and Coleridge.
Marieanne is probably her most Cowperesque when she wanders alone at Norland sighing in melancholic sensibility over it's trees and leaves.
This is my first post for my focus of The Romantic Movement so I hope I've posted in right place. :)
Below, for interest is a link from the BBC about the Romantic poets of JA's time where you can read some of their works.
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