Radu Romînaşu, Laura Ardelean, History, Politics, and Literature in 1848 in the Romanian Space

Through their poetry, the generation of 1848 from the romanian space tried to give free expression to their own political experiences and reflections, this type of literary creation having a great potential for social penetration. Moreover, the poems contain a series of mental schemes and symbols present in the social imaginary during the revolution of 1848, which shows that crisis phenomena also generate symbolic effervescence. The poets, in this effervescent cultural climate, rejected the “courtly” poetry by embracing the “militant” one. Thus, ballads, doinas, marches, folk songs, etc. are creations that retain elements of national identity, which is why they could not be neglected during a period of national constructions. They also capture other socialpolitical ideals of the time, the idea of cultural and revolutionary messianism, the desire to open up to the West, the struggle for the imposition of a national specificity, the civic and patriotic conscience. all these were placed under a rhetoric intended to stir enthusiasm and drive to action.

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