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Romanticism in Literature

Romanticism was arguably the largest artistic movement of the late 1700s. Its influence was felt across continents and through every artistic discipline into the mid-nineteenth century and many of its values and beliefs can still be seen in contemporary poetry. The romantic poets had high regard and appreciation of nature, beauty and the passive, female aspect of life.

The six most well-known English authors are Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats.

William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker who was unrecognised until after his death. He was born in 28 November, 1757. He died with illness on 12 August, 1827 at the age of 69. His most famous work was The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

William Wordsworth was a major English romantic poet. He was born in 7 April 1770. He died from pleurisy in 23 April 1850 at the age of 80. His masterpiece was considered The Prelude.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, were a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He was born in 21 October 1772 and died as a result of heart failure worsened by an unknown lung disorder, possibly linked to his use of opium. in 25 July 1834, at the age of 61. His most famous work was Rime of Ancient Mariner.

George Gordon, known more commonly as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic Movement. He was born in 22 January 1788, and died in 19 April 1824 at 36 years of age from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi in Greece. His best known work is Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language. He was born in 4 August 1792 and died at a young age of 29 in 8 July 1822 from drowning from a sudden...