Billie Silvey
4 Artists
November 2007
An eclectic website about Women, Christianity, History,
Culture  and the Arts--and anything else that comes to mind.
Romantic Themes
I am a Romantic.  By that, I don’t mean that I’m
particularly sensual or that I read Romance novels.  I mean by
the 19th century definition.  I love the beauties of nature in the
raw, though perhaps cleaned up a little.  I am an idealist; I
always think we as people can do better.  I enjoy dreaming
about the past, but I work hard to improve the future.

When I was in college, I studied the English Romantic poets--
particularly the later Romantics--Keats, Shelley, and Byron.  
Especially Byron.  I spent a day a week for a year doing
research in the Huntington Library, reveling in its extensive
collection of 19th century books and manuscripts.  I wrote a
book about Byron, though it was never published.

I believe in democracy.  I believe in the rule of the common
people, not any elite, whether of birth, education or money.  I
believe each of us should have one vote, and that everyoneâ
€™s vote should count the same.  I believe that each
individual deserves respect and decent treatment and a
decent life.  And I don’t think any of us deserves more
until all have at least that much.

In this issue of the website, I plan to consider Romanticism,
both as a movement in the 19th century and as a way of life
that deserves a second glance today.  It could change the
way we think, value others, and relate to the world around us.

I plan to look at the Romantic
view of nature, Romantic art,
Biblical principles and Romanticism.  You may not be a
Romantic, but I hope you’ll come along for the journey,
and maybe consider one or two new possibilities.

I’d love to hear your views.  Are you a Romantic, or a
classicist?  Do you appreciate some of the Romantic artists,
or do they seem overblown and dramatic?  Are there
principles of Romanticism that you feel might help improve
our world today?
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