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Ch 11: Romantic Poetry

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Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of poetry from the Romantic period in literature. Use the quizzes that come with the lessons to gauge your comprehension of Romantic poetry.

The Romantic era in literature was characterized by writers who expressed strong emotions, went against the social norms and dug deep into their imaginations. The work is varied, and much of it didn't come close to what we would classify as romance today. When you watch these videos, you'll study many different poets, from Shelley to Wordsworth. You'll look at work that will make you think about abstract ideas and see the world in a different light. Some of the things you'll study in this chapter include:

  • A biography of William Blake
  • Analysis of Songs of Innocence and Experience
  • Poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • A look at William Wordsworth's role in this era

Video Objective
Biography of Percy Shelley Learn more about this man who married famed author, Mary Shelley, and earned his own fame for his work.
William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography Look at famous quotes from Blake's poems, and learn more about his life.
Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake Dig deeper into this piece by Blake.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography Discover more about Coleridge's life and work.
Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary Analyze Keats poem to find the true meaning behind it.
William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography Study Wordsworth's life to learn more about the man behind the poetry.
Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis Explore the poetry of Dickinson to learn more about the writer behind it.
Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet Examine why Whitman was considered part of the transition into realism.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: Romantic Poetry
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Odes: Forms & Examples

1. Odes: Forms & Examples

Have you ever appreciated something or someone so much you were inspired to write a poem? If so, then the ode is the poem for you! Learn about the three types of odes and how they are used to celebrate the people and things.

Sonnets: Definition & Examples

2. Sonnets: Definition & Examples

If you want to profess your love in a poem, you might not think to look back a few hundred years for inspiration. Learn how some of the greatest poets in history used the sonnet to woo their lovers.

Biography of Percy Shelley

3. 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.

William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

4. 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.

Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake

5. 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.'

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

6. 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.

Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

7. 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.

William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

8. 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.

Refrain in Poetry: Definition & Examples

9. Refrain in Poetry: Definition & Examples

Learn all about the poetic refrain--what it is, its purpose, and how to write a good one. This lesson will both define and teach the refrain using popular examples and a quiz to test your knowledge.

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