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- Who were some of the key romantic poets, and what were some of their major poems?
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- What romantic themes can be found in the works of Byron, Coleridge, Keats and Shelley?
- How did the poetry of William Wordsworth celebrate nature?
- How was the religious mysticism of William Blake reflected in his poetry?
1. Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works
Romantic poetry began in the 18th century England and emphasized emotions, nature, and representations of the individual artist. Learn about the themes of Romantic poetry, famous Romantic poets, and some of their most significant works.
2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography
Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge had originally planned to become a minister, which is just one part of his interesting life. Explore a biography of Coleridge's early years and career, his major works, and discover how addiction affected his life and poems.
3. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis
'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' is a famous Romantic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Explore a summary and analysis of the themes of Romantic poetry, the major plot of Taylor's poem, and consider how the poem fits with the Romantic style.
4. Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary
Inspired by an opium-induced dream, Samuel Taylor Coleridge began work on Kubla Khan, which is a famous Romantic poem, albeit incomplete in the eyes of the author. Explore a summary of the conception of Kubla Khan by Coleridge and analyze its form.
5. Lord Byron: Poems and Biography
Lord Byron is one of English Romanticism's most renowned poets. Learn about Byron's life, his political involvement, and why some people regarded him as controversial. Review some of Byron's major writings, including 'Don Juan' and 'She Walks in Beauty,' and recognize characters who are Byronic heroes.
6. Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis
Lord Byron wrote the epic satirical poem called Don Juan. Explore the summary, quotes, and analysis of Don Juan, learn the history and inspiration behind this poem, and discover the form and structure in which it is written.
7. Biography of Percy Shelley
In addition to his prolific portfolio of highly-regarded Romantic poetry, Percy Shelley had a history of activism and infidelity to his wife. Explore a biography of Percy Shelley and learn about his life, his marriages, and elopements, as well as his work and philosophy.
8. Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes
Published 1818, Percy Shelley's 'Ozymandias' centers on the ruins of Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II's statue. By analyzing this sonnet's diction, imagery, and themes, it will be easy to see why 'Ozymandias' is one of his most famous poems.
9. Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary
Following the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, Percy Shelley wrote his poem, Ode to the West Wind, hoping to fuel revolutionary spirit in England. Explore and analyze the form and meaning of Shelley's poem in this summary of Ode to the West Wind.
10. John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes
Over the course of his short life, John Keats persisted in the face of sickness and ridicule to become one of the most respected poets of the Romantic era. Explore the poems and a biography of Keats, and discover some of the 18th-century writer's most famous quotes.
11. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats
John Keats wrote a poem called 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.' Explore why Keats wrote this sonnet, what the structure, subject, and meaning of it is, and also discover the features of a sonnet.
12. Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary
One of John Keats' most celebrated poems is, 'Ode on a Grecian Urn.' Learn the definition of an 'ode' and study other examples written by Keats plus review an analysis of the plot, form, and meaning of the 19th-century Romantic poem.
13. Ode on Melancholy by Keats
As one of John Keats' infamous Great Odes, 'Ode on Melancholy' takes on a few major themes, including personification throughout the first, second, and third stanzas. In this lesson, dive into Keats' understanding of melancholy, joy, and emotion as a whole, in one of his greatest poems.
14. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography
William Wordsworth's biography includes him being founder and chief architect of the Romantic poetry movement in England. Explore Wordsworth's early poetry, lyrical ballads, his collection called Poems, in Two Volumes, and his later career.
15. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth
In William Wordsworth's poem 'Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey,' the author dives into memory and worship of nature as he writes about visiting the Abbey in question and how his memories of the place have shaped him. In this lesson, explore these themes and how Wordsworth ties them into religion.
16. William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography
William Blake was a Romantic poet, illustrator, and mystic. He created some of the Romantic Era's more unusual writings with his combination of words and illuminated printing. Review Blake's biography, poetry, and memorable quotes. Understand the techniques of illuminated printing and how Blake used this in his work.
17. Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake
Poet William Blake often tackled intense topics, of which his poem 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' is no exception. Discover how Blake viewed these issues in this classic poem of the Romantic genre.
18. Imagery in Poetry: Definition, Examples & Types
Poets often use imagery to create a sensory experience for readers. Learn the definition and different types of imagery in poetry through popular examples.
19. Ode to a Nightingale by Keats: Summary, Analysis & Themes
'Ode to a Nightingale' by Keats is an eight-stanza poem about the physical world and the spiritual world. Learn the poem's analysis and themes through a background of John Keats and a summary of the poem.
20. Adonais by Shelley: Summary & Poem Analysis
This lesson takes a look at Percy Shelley's most famous pastoral elegy, 'Adonais' written in honor of the passing of John Keats. In addition, the lesson discusses some key characteristics of Romantic poetry.
21. Frost at Midnight by Coleridge: Summary & Critical Analysis
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's troubled love life and successful literary career produced 'Frost at Midnight', one of his most famous poems. Review a summary and critical analysis of each stanza to understand Coleridge's work.
22. Hymn to Intellectual Beauty: Analysis & Overview
This lesson covers the poem 'Hymn to Intellectual Beauty' by Percy Bysshe Shelley. We'll discuss Shelley's inspiration for the poem, learn to identify some of the key themes and features of Romantic poetry, and finish with a quick quiz.
23. Idylls of the King by Tennyson: Summary, Poem Analysis & Characters
In this lesson we'll discover Alfred, Lord Tennyson's collection of poems, 'The Idylls of the King.' We'll go over the plot summary, key themes, and symbolism.
24. London, 1802 by Wordsworth: Summary & Poem Analysis
Although Wordsworth wrote his poem 'London, 1802' two centuries ago, its words still ring true today. In this lesson, we will examine the poem's meaning and message.
25. The Charge of the Light Brigade by Tennyson: Summary, Poem Analysis & Meaning
Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, 'The Charge of the Light Brigade,' was written in 1854, which was after he was named England's poet laureate by Queen Victoria. Explore a summary of the poem's context, structure, and meaning through an analysis of its connection to the Battle of Balaclava.
26. The Cloud by Shelley: Summary & Analysis
Percy Bysshe Shelley was a writer from the Romantic era who lived from 1792-1822. Romanticists glorified nature, and in this lesson, we will see the world from a cloud's point of view.
27. The Eve of St. Agnes by Keats: Summary & Analysis
This lesson will familiarize the reader with the setting, plot, and characters of 'The Eve of St. Agnes' by John Keats. Readers will also learn about literary elements of the poem such as imagery, language, and form.
28. The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Summary & Analysis
'The Song of Hiawatha' is an epic poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that is based on the life of the legendary Native American hero, Hiawatha. Read a summary and literary analysis of the elements of the poem, including Hiawatha's childhood, supernatural abilities, and death.
29. Wordsworth's Anecdote for Fathers: Analysis & Concept
Originally published in 'Lyrical Ballads,' William Wordsworth's 'Anecdote for Fathers' reminds fathers of a simpler time. Explore this poem that helped mark the start of the Romantic era of literature, including an analysis of its language and symbolism.
30. Romanticism in Poetry: Definition & Characteristics
Romanticism influenced all artistic disciplines, and was particularly influential in poetry. In this lesson, we'll look at the definition and characteristics of Romantic poetry and look at several examples of.
31. Composed Upon Westminster Bridge: Summary & Analysis
This lesson summarizes William Wordsworth's poem ''Composed Upon Westminster Bridge.'' It also analyzes the poem's use of form, language, and its meaning.
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