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Romantic poetry was part of the Romantic movement of European literature during the 18th-19th centuries.
The specific use of the term romantic poetry varies, but the most common definition is a movement in poetry seeking formal freedom, increased emotional effect and use of ancient and folk sources for poetry.
The movement's first important members were the Scots Robert Burns and James Macpherson, and the German Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Romantic poetry then flowered in England, with the works of the "Big Six": William Blake, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Wordsworth and John Keats.
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Erik Johan Stagnelius