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Poetry Guide: Romantic Poetry

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.

Pioneers of romantic poetry

The movement's first important members were the Scots Robert Burns and James Macpherson, and the German Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The flowering of romantic poetry in England

Romantic poetry then flowered in England, with the works of the "Big Six"[citation needed]: William Blake, Lord Byron, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, William Wordsworth and John Keats.

List of romantic poets

William Blake
Robert Burns
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
John Clare
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
John Keats
Charlotte Smith
Friedrich Schiller
James Macpherson
Percy Bysshe Shelley
William Wordsworth
Henry Longfellow
Heinrich Heine
Olav Aukrust
Erik Johan Stagnelius

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