Ch 14: The Romantic Period in Literature

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Review this chapter to prepare for a class discussion, quiz or test that covers the Romantic period in literature. Entertaining lessons boost your knowledge of the works of Lord Byron, Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe and more.

The Romantic Period in Literature - Chapter Summary

How much do you know about the Romantic period in literature? This chapter can help you find out! Explore the short lessons in this chapter to gain greater insight into authors revered for their masterful works during this period, and examine this period's impact on American literature and art. When ready, assess your comprehension of the lessons by taking short quizzes and a chapter exam. If you have additional questions, be sure to submit them to our experts. After reviewing this chapter, you will have a quality understanding of:

  • The works of Lord Byron and Jane Austen
  • Differences between the literature and film versions of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • How Edgar Allan Poe's works were impacted by his life
  • The life and poems of William Blake, including Songs of Innocence and of Experience
  • John Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn
  • Poetry written by William Wordsworth

9 Lessons in Chapter 14: The Romantic Period in Literature
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The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

1. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art

This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.

Lord Byron: Poems and Biography

2. 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.

Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

3. Jane Austen: Biography and Major Novels

When you hear the name Jane Austen, you probably think about long dresses, stuffy tea parties, and British accents - unless you don't know who she is. In that case, you really need to watch this video about the writer's life and works.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

4. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

FIRE BAD! That may be the depth of your experience with Frankenstein. But before he broke into pop culture, the character had a rich literary history. Watch our lesson to learn more!

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

5. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.

William Blake: Poems, Quotes and Biography

6. 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

7. 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.'

Ode on a Grecian Urn by Keats: Analysis and Summary

8. 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

9. William Wordsworth: Poetry and Biography

In this lesson, you'll learn about William Wordsworth, one of the founders and chief architects of the Romantic poetry movement in England and England's poet laureate from 1843-1850.

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