Romanticism: revolt of the spirit

United States, 1971

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Shelley’s death and funeral epitomises the individualistic and emotional spirit of the Romantic Age and serves as a focus for this film. The writers of the age were turning away from the conventional, established themes of literature. They wrote personal, simple subjects, as the dramatisation of Wordsworth’s ‘Solitary Reaper’ and Hood’s ‘Seamstress’ reveals. The Romantic artist dealt directly with his emotional responses - Victor Hugo’s indignation at the injustices of society is shown in a scene from Les Miserables; Shelley’s pity and compassion for his fellow men emerges in his ‘Son to the Men of England’. The death scene from Wuthering Heights shows the passionate response to love and death that charactised the era. Includes extracts from Wordsworth, Shelley, Victor Hugo and Emily Bronte.



Helen Jean Secondari

John H. Secondari

production company

Columbia Pictures

Learning Corporation of America







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Subject categories

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Literature - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Literature → Authors, English

Literature → Authors, French

Literature → English literature

Literature → English literature - History and criticism

Literature → French literature

Literature → Literature

Literature → Literature - Study and teaching

Literature → Literature, Comparative - Themes, motives

Literature → Romanticism in literature

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States




16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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