Ch 7: Romantic Poetry in English Literature

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Watch video lessons on Romantic poetry to learn about the lives and works of Lord Byron, Samuel Coleridge, John Keats and more. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these literature topics.

It's time to get all gooey and romantic as we study Romantic poetry! Romanticism was an artistic and philosophical movement of the late 1700s and early 1800s, and its themes spread to many forms of art, including literature and poetry. Touching on themes of nature, beauty and emotion, the works of the Romantic poets became quite famous and they are celebrated even today. Let's take a look at the masterminds behind these poems.

You'll learn about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was a rock star of his time. Tortured by unreturned love and an unfortunate addiction to drugs, Coleridge crafted highly creative poems with lyrical balladry, including the drug-inspired Kubla Khan and the epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner. You'll take a close examination at these notable poems and get to know the fascinating stories behind their composition.

Next, you'll meet William Wordsworth, another acclaimed Romantic poet and colleague of Coleridge. He and Colderidge are credited with beginning the Romantic poetry movement with the publication of Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Included in Lyrical Ballads is one of the most famous poems by Wordsworth, Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, which you'll study, becoming familiar with the poetic techniques and language used.

You'll also take a look at the life and works of Lord Byron. Among the works of Byron that you'll examine is the famous satiric poem, Don Juan. In satirical fashion, you'll notice how Byron's portrayal of Don Juan is reversed from the familiar legend of the womanizing character.

Other poets you'll study include Percy Shelley, John Keats and William Blake. You'll learn about the famous odes - poems that pay tribute and honor a specific subject, such as a Grecian urn, a nightingale, the west wind and melancholy emotion.

There's definitely a lot of bases to cover, but with engaging video content and quiz questions, you'll be reciting Romantic poetry lines to the object of your affection in no time. Thanks for watching!

17 Lessons in Chapter 7: Romantic Poetry in English Literature
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Introduction to Romantic Poetry: Overview of Authors and Works

1. 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.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poems and Biography

2. 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.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

3. 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.

Kubla Khan by Coleridge: Analysis and Summary

4. 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.

Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

5. 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.

Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

6. 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.'

Biography of Percy Shelley

7. 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.

Percy Shelley's Ozymandias: Analysis and Themes

8. 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.'

Ode to the West Wind by Shelley: Analysis and Summary

9. 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.

John Keats: Poems, Biography and Quotes

10. 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.

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer: Poem by John Keats

11. 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.'

Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

12. 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.

Ode on Melancholy by Keats

13. 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.

William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

14. 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.

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth

15. 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.

William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

16. 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

17. 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.'

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