Tipo di esercizi
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Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.1
Capitolo
The Romantic spirit
Libro
Performer Heritage (Second Edition) / Volume 1
Capitolo
The Romantic spirit
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A new sensibility: towards subjective poetry
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. In the ________ half of the 18th century a new sensibility was introduces by a new generation of poets who did not follow a precise set of ________.
2. The early 18th-century poets dealt with ________ material, while the ________ ones tended to be subjective and autobiographical, personal and more intimately emotional.
3. This new poetry was essentially reflective: the experiences were presented not for their immediate ________, but for generalised reflection.
4. There was new interest in the simple serenity of the ________, in humble and everyday life, in the suffering of the poor, and in death.
5. Interest in the ________, seen in contrast with the sad present, coincided with a taste for the desolate and the love of ________, graveyards, ancient castles and abbeys.
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Romantic fiction: genres
The following statements are related to a kind of fiction. Choose the correct alternative.
A: It employs a third-person narrator; dialogue plays a central role, but passions and emotions are not expressed directly.
B: It had a great impact on Europe and reflects the Romantic interest in the past, particularly in the Middle Ages.
C: This kind of fiction finds its background in the changes in the social hierarchy of English society in the 19th century.
D: It was mainly expressed in the form of the short story, which was suitable for wide circulation in cheap magazines.
E: James Fenimore Cooper was the novelist who created the first 'epic' of the frontier.
F: It dealt with how the social classes behaved in everyday situations, and described their codes of conduct.
G: Its main author wrote about the Scottish past mixing historical truth and fiction.
H: Jane Austen was the master of this kind of fiction.
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A new sensibility: nature and the sublime
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. The concept of ________ was revolutionised: it was no longer a classical and abstract concept, or a set of divine laws and principles which could be controlled by the human faculty of ________, but something real and alive.
2. Sensibility became increasingly important, which led to a new aesthetic theory built on individual ________ rather than on the ________ of nature or the classics.
3. The most remarkable work on the subject was written by Burke: if the imagination was to be stimulated and pleased, the ________ was more effective than the ________.
4. Burke argued that terror and ________ are the strongest emotions and that in them there is an inherent ________; this was what he defined as sublime.
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Early Romantic poetry: pastoral poetry and nature poetry
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Pastoral poetry expressed the idyllic pleasure and happiness of rural life in the works of James Thomson.
B: In the poem The Task, the author celebrated and praised country life for its simplicity and domesticity.
C: Nature was to pastoral poets a source of innocence and delight.
D: The most important representative of nature poetry was William Cowper.
E: Nature poetry included wild scenery and led to reflections on the character of primitive man.
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Early Romantic poetry: Ossianic poetry and Graveyard poetry
The following statements are related to a kind of poetry. Choose the correct alternative.
A: The appeal of this kind of poetry lies in the melancholy and suffering produced by war or by contrasted love, and especially in the description of wild, gloomy nature.
B: Thomas Gray wrote the most important work of this school, but the trend began with Edward Young.
C: It is a cycle of poems by a legendary Gaelic warrior, who lived in the 3rd century in Scotland.
D: The melancholic tone and the choice of cemeteries, ruins and stormy landscapes as the setting of poems characterize this poetry.
E: James Macpherson first collected some of these poems, even if their authenticity was controversial.
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The Gothic novel: themes
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. In the ________ half of the 18th century, a new trend in fiction revealed an increasing interest in individual ________, a taste for the mysterious, an impulse for freedom and for an escape from the ________ world, as well as the fear of the triumph of evil and chaos over good and order.
2. Such works were categorised as 'Gothic novels' and ________ social classes were interested in this genre also thanks to circulating ________.
3. Horace Walpole in its The Castle of________ was the first to establish a link between literature and ________, using the word 'Gothic' in a literary context.
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The Gothic novel: the hero
Tick the features related to the Gothic novel's hero.
A: Weak
B: Outcast
C: Isolated
D: Wanderer
E: Exile
F: Happy
G: Divine punishment
H: Ugly
I: Integrated
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Romantic imagination: two generations of poets
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Between the 18th and the 19th century, poetry best suited the need to give expression to emotional experience and individual ________.
2. Imagination was fundamental, because it allowed poets to see beyond reality and ________, and re-create and modify the external world of experience.
3. The poet was seen as a visionary ________, or as a teacher whose task was to ________ between man and nature, pointing out the evils of society and giving voice to the ideals of freedom, beauty and truth.
4. Romantic poets are divided into two generations: William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge belonged to the first and were characterised by an attempt to ________ about poetry. The former wrote about the beauty of nature and ________ things, making them interesting; the latter dealt with visions, ________ themes and mystery.
5. The poets of the second generation, George Gordon Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats, experienced political disillusionment, which is reflected, in their poetry, in the clash between the ________ and the real.
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Romantic poetry: themes and poetic technique
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. To a Romantic poet, a child was purer than an adult because he was uncorrupted and unspoilt by civilisation. He was closer to ________, therefore childhood was to be admired and cultivated.
2. Influenced by ________'s theories, there was new emphasis on the individual, seen essentially in a solitary state. 'Natural', unrestrained, impulsive behaviour is good, in contrast to behaviour governed by reason and by the rules and customs of ________.
3. The French writer's theories influenced the 'cult of the ________', meaning not only the picturesque in scenery, but also the remote and the unfamiliar in customs and social outlook.
4. As nature in this period was considered a living force and the expression of God, not only did it become a main source of ________, but also a stimulus to thought, a source of comfort and joy, and a means to convey moral ________.
5. The Romantic poets broke free from ________ and rules and looked for a new, individual style suitable for poetry. More vivid and familiar ________ began to replace the artificial 18th-century language; symbols and images became vital to express inner visionary perceptions.
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Romantic fiction: the development of the novel
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

The novel
A: was the most popular form of fiction by the end of the 18th century.
B: continued to develop, reflecting the new interest in the individual.
C: did not consider the individual's conflict between personal desires and ambitions and the requirements of society.
D: was characterised by the character's self-realisation and inner maturity, and by a deeper psychological insight.
E: lacked a detailed description of the relationships between the social classes.
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