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Authors and titles you'll become familiar with:
- Major poetic works of Alfred Lord Tennyson
- Odes of Percy Shelley
- Odes of John Keats
- Poems of William Wordsworth
- Poems of William Blake
- Romantic poetry
- Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Lord Byron's poems
- Sonnets of Edmund Spenser
1. Introduction to Alfred Lord Tennyson: Life and Major Poetic Works
He's a Poet Laureate, a master wordsmith and the originator of quotes you probably think came from Shakespeare. Check out our lesson on Alfred, Lord Tennyson, possibly the most important English poet of the Victorian era!
2. Tennyson's In Memoriam, A.H.H.: Overview of 'In Memoriam' Stanzas
Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam, A.H.H.' stands as one of the finest examples of elegy in the English language. Watch our lesson to learn all about this masterpiece, including its possible contradictions!
3. Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes
Throughout history, great leaders have come and gone, but great poems outlast them all. In this lesson, you'll learn about one of Percy Shelley's greatest poems, 'Ozymandias.'
4. Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary
If you were a leaf clinging to a tree in autumn, a gentle breeze might be pretty intimidating. In this lesson, we'll study Percy Shelley's take on this in his poem 'Ode to the West Wind' as well as how he hoped the wind would help spark a revolution.
5. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes
Lots of poets only write for a few years, get discouraged by terrible reviews and never amount to much. And then there's John Keats. Despite a short life with an abbreviated literary career and ridicule from prominent critics, Keats' work would come to symbolize the Romantic poetry movement. Watch this lesson to learn more.
6. 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.
7. Ode on Melancholy by Keats
If there was a commercial for sadness, what would it look like? How could you encourage people to want misery? If you're Romantic poet John Keats, you write a poem: 'Ode on Melancholy.' Find out how he celebrates sadness in this lesson.
8. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats
Did you ever read a book or see a movie that got you so excited that you wanted to tell someone about it? In the days before Twitter, what would you do? If you're John Keats, you might just write a sonnet about it. And that's how we got 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.'
9. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth
Is there a place you once visited and now, whenever you think of it, a flood of emotions returns? If so, then you can relate to William Wordsworth's ''Tintern Abbey.'' In this lesson, we'll examine the famous Romantic poem that's not really about an abbey at all.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works
Like the French Revolution that helped inspire it, the Romantic poetry movement signaled massive, controversial changes with ramifications that are still being felt today. Watch this video lesson for an introduction to Romantic poetry, including descriptions of the major authors and significant works.
13. 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.
14. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis
What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
15. Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary
In this lesson, you'll learn about Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan. It's a poem that's as famous for how it was written, a story involving drugs and a mysterious interruption, as the work itself.
16. Lord Byron: Poems and Biography
Lord Byron was once called 'mad, bad and dangerous to know.' In this lesson, you'll learn about this poet who is one of English Romanticism's most celebrated and prolific figures.
17. Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis
When a complicated, fascinating writer like Lord Byron devotes a huge chunk of his life to a single, sprawling work, you're assured a product that's just like its author, except when it isn't. In this lesson, you'll learn about Lord Byron's epic masterpiece, 'Don Juan.'
18. Introduction to Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene and Sonnets
Edmund Spenser is one of the key figures in the English Renaissance, and he made his name mostly by writing about dragons and knights. Pretty cool, right? Watch this video to learn about this important author and his biggest work, The Faerie Queene.
19. The Lamb by William Blake: Summary, Theme & Poem Analysis
This lesson explains the poem 'The Lamb' by William Blake. Its symbolism and themes are described, as well as the higher meaning intended by the author.
20. Coleridge's Dejection: An Ode - Analysis and Summary
Samuel Taylor Coleridge penned 'Dejection: An Ode' after falling in love with one woman while he was married to another. In this lesson, we will explore the feelings of this melancholy poet who knew the meaning of unrequited love.
21. Doggerel in Poetry: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn the meaning of the term doggerel, and find out how it has been used throughout the history of poetry with the help of a variety of different examples.
22. George Herbert: Biography, Poems & Death
Sure, you've heard of Shakespeare, and you might even know about Marlowe. But what about Herbert? In this lesson, you'll encounter George Herbert - one of the most prolific yet unmentioned Shakespearean contemporaries - as well as some of his poetry.
23. Hell in Paradise Lost: Description & Concept
''Paradise Lost'' also offers us one of the most vivid (and disturbing) visions of Hell in existence. In this lesson, we'll explore Milton's depiction of Hell, examining its impact on both the characters and readers.
24. Leigh Hunt Poems & Biography
James Leigh Hunt was an early Romantic poet who wanted to be great but knew he was not going to be known as a great poet. In this lesson, we will learn more about this lesser known poet and enjoy analyzing one of his poems.
25. Loveliest of Trees: Summary & Analysis
You probably have your own opinion as to which is the 'Loveliest of Trees,' but find out why A.E. Housman happens to think it's the cherry tree. Learn about his poem as well as its time-sensitive message.
26. Matthew Arnold: Poetry & Criticism
Matthew Arnold was an English poet and critic during the Victorian period. In this lesson, learn more about his thoughts on the role that poetry as well as literary and cultural criticism should have in society.
27. Milton's Il Penseroso: Summary & Analysis
It's no coincidence that 'Il Penseroso' really makes readers have to think. Find out why when you explore this lesson, where you'll find a synopsis of John Milton's lyric poem and see it analyzed.
28. Oliver Goldsmith: Biography, Poems & Books
From Ireland to London, financially stable to embarrassingly broke, eccentric student to college dropout, struggling hack to accomplished writer: such was the life of Oliver Goldsmith. Read on to learn more.
29. Robert Wilson: Biography & Books
In this lesson we explore the life and works of British-born crime novelist, Robert Wilson, whose 13 works (and counting) have covered Africa, Iberia, and England, and touched on the issues facing these regions.
30. The Kraken by Tennyson: Analysis & Overview
This lesson analyzes Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Kraken.' Here we'll look at the poem's historical background, consider several interpretations, its structure, and finish off the lesson with a quick quiz.
31. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love: Summary, Theme & Analysis
'The Passionate Shepherd to His Love' is a pastoral love poem written by Christopher Marlowe. It presents the pleas of a love-struck shepherd calling to his beloved to spend her life with him. Read more about this poem and the hidden truths behind its flowery promises.
32. William Langland: Poems & Style
William Langland is a popular Middle English author most popularly known for the poem 'The Vision of Piers Plowman'. Learn more about William Langland's background and writing style and test your knowledge with a quiz.
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