Read this article to know about the Romantic Poets in English Literature.
1. WILLIAM BLAKE
Born in London, he had no formal education and had a little earning. For Blake, the imagination was man’s sole redeeming feature and through it, he could see glories of nature.
His important works are:
Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience
2. WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
After growing up in the Lake District, Wordsworth was educated at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He fell in love with Annetle Vallon and fathered a child but the couple did not marry.
He returned to Lake in 1799 A.D. The deaths of his two children and the tragic drowning of his brother declined his poetic powers.
His important works are
A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal, To a Butterfly, To a Skylark, A Few Lines Composed Above Tintern Abbey
3. S.T. COLERIDGE
His poetry contains supernatural elements. His poems depict the darker, hidden and unconscious regions of human mind and soul. He has completely escaped from the reality. His works are
Kubla Khan, Rime of Ancient Mariner, Christabel
4. LORD BYRON
He was a liberal revolutionary who staked his fortune, prestige and person for the freedom of people of Greece. His important works are
Hours of Idleness, Darkness, The Age of Bronze, The Island
5. JOHN KEATS
He wrote seductive poetry. His poetry is full of imaginations and love. He died at the age of 28 due to Tuberculosis. His works are
Ode to Autumn, Ode to Nightingale, Eve of St. Agnes
6. P.B. SHELLEY
Shelley loved nature but presented it as destructive and authoritative force. His poetry is free from norms of cultures.
He doesn’t follow the bonds and boundaries of society. One of his famous work is Ode to West Wind that contains all these features.
(Byron, Shelley and Keats died at young age. They lived only for 30, 35, 28 respectively)
Also read: Summary of Romantic Movement