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- Discover the life histories and poems of William Blake and Percy Shelley.
- Analyze the major themes of Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake.
- Discuss the poems and background of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
- Summarize Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn.
- Study the poetry of William Wordsworth and explore his biography.
1. Biography of Percy Shelley
If Percy Shelley were around today, you might find him at a Wall Street protest, buying quinoa at Whole Foods or falling in love with your sister. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this major Romantic poet, who followed his heart and ideals, no matter the outcome.
2. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography
Who is William Blake? He's a Romantic poet, an illustrator and a mystic. He used words, drawings and an innovative relief etching style, called illuminated printing, to create some of the most unusual and creative works of the Romantic era.
3. Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake
How did a book of poetry written over 200 years ago by Romantic poet William Blake foreshadow an animated superhero movie? In this lesson, you'll learn about Blake's most significant and revered collection of poems, 'Songs of Innocence and Experience.'
4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Romantic poet or rock star? Ok, he's a Romantic poet. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of the founders of the Romantic movement and how his life, full of drugs, women and poetry, is not too different from today's rock stars.
5. Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary
In this lesson, learn about Romantic poet John Keats' 'Ode on a Grecian Urn,' which is considered one of the greatest odes ever written. In the poem, Keats has a surprisingly emotional reaction to staring at an old piece of pottery. We'll examine the story of the poem, its meaning and its form.
6. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography
Poets and their feelings - that pair has a bad reputation these days, but it used to be that poets didn't share their emotions. Then came William Wordsworth. In this lesson, you'll learn about Wordsworth, one of the founders and chief architects of the Romantic poetry movement in England.
7. Eye Rhyme in Poetry: Definition & Examples
This lesson looks at one type of rhyme: eye rhyme. The difference between eye rhyme and exact rhyme is explained, with examples of eye rhyme given to illustrate the concept.
8. Lamia by Keats: Summary & Analysis
John Keats' 'Lamia' offers an evocative and influential retelling of the Greek legend of the creature who was partly a woman and completely dangerous. Learn about the poem, the story behind it, and the many themes Keats explores within it.
9. Manfred by Byron: Analysis & Summary
The title character of Lord Byron's dramatic poem 'Manfred' is pretty intense! In this lesson, we'll summarize the events of this drama and analyze the ways that Manfred fits into the literary tradition of unusual heroes.
10. Robert Burns: Biography, Facts & Poetry
You might think life on the farm will get you nowhere, but have you ever thought of writing about those experiences? Robert Burns certainly did and it's made him one of the most beloved Scottish poets of all time! Learn more about him and his work in this lesson.
11. Thanatopsis By William Cullen Bryant: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will be considering a poem, by William Cullen Bryant, entitled 'Thanatopsis'. We will summarize the poem and analyze it for meaning and context, and then you will take a short quiz to test your knowledge.
12. The Little Boy Lost by William Blake: Analysis & Overview
Let's take a close look at William Blake's 'The Little Boy Lost,' which is only eight lines long, but explores a vast network of connections between the 'two contrary states' of innocence and experience.
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