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    21st Century Romanticism

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    In five pages this paper discusses how Romanticism continues to manifest itself in the 21st century in an authenticity search as described by J.L. Talmon. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    still exist artistic and cultural free spirits who embody the self-centered search for authenticity that J.L. Talmon describes for the nineteenth century speak volumes about the human spirit and its  incessant quest for "the triumph of the values of imaginative spontaneity, visionary originality, wonder and emotional self-expression over the classical standards of balance, order, restraint, proportion and objectivity" (Drabble PG).  The artistic sense of Romanticism passed down from the eighteen hundreds is just as alive today as it was in the days of Marquis de Sade and William Blake; however,  the slight modifications are all courtesy of a sharper, more observant collection of twenty-first century inhabitants. While the fundamental tenets of imagination and desire are still recognizable in their  original form, the twenty-first century has put a small but noticeable spin upon a standard of two hundred years ago that subscribed to a collection of extremes: "from light to  dark, from joy to dejection" (Hello Culture). One might readily surmise that the 1960s hippy culture helped to set the precedence of Romanticism into the twenty-first century. This "mass  movement with an ideology that was virtually a mirror image of 18th-century Romanticism" was critical in its ability to nurture an imaginative need that was seriously lacking throughout the country.  This rebellious, free spirit criticized the very basic aspects of society, clutching instead to the simplicity of nature and freedom. Clearly, one can readily pinpoint the primary romantic  properties of such a movement, such as social revolution, tremendous changes, new awakenings and different freedoms (Hello Culture). The main difference between Romanticism of the eighteen hundreds and the  hippy behavior of the 1960s was that "we didnt have to buy a book and read a poem to get the Romantic message" (Hello Culture). "Have you ever felt 

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