Differences between the Augustan age and the Romantic age



 Augustan age

  • literature reflected society
  •  classical themes, influences
  • desire for order and balance in measure;
  • intellect prevailed
  • relies on reason and fact, not speculation
  • trying to frame rules of writing

Romantic age

  • literature ‘reformed’ society (preface, Shelley’s ”Prometheus Unbound”)
  • moving away from the classical, rediscovery of the local
  • the indefinite and boundless
  • emotion and imagination prevailed
  •  desires and dreams, the visionary, mystical
  • rejecting the rules of poetic diction (W. Wordsworth’s preface to the 2nd edition of ”Lyrical Ballads”)

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