Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2015)
Romantic realism in Walt Whitman
Author(s): Rasak Annayat
Abstract: Romanticism was a reaction against convention. As a political movement, this reaction was reflected in the new democratic ideals that opposed monarchy and feudalism. In art, it meant a turning away from Neoclassicism and the ancient models of Greek perfection and classical correctness. Romanticism asserted the power of the individual. Romanticism marked an era characterized in the idealization of the individual. Walt Whitman had a strong belief that nature was the root of all beautiful things, whether it was the smell of a flower, or the light of the moon anything that was natural had internal beauty and thereby had the possibility to make humanity beautiful. Walt Whitman’s writing were all in themselves different styles of Romanticism though they all used common themes of nature, and solitude. Whitman’s goal in his writing was to get the people of the world to change in their belief.