Poets of the Romantic Period (1780-1830)



Death of Chatterton, Henry Wallis (1856)

1. Biographical Information

Blake, Keats, Shelley, Clare, Byron, Burns, Coleridge, Wordsworth

click on an image to go to a short biography


William BlakeWilliam Wordsworth


2. Commentary and Criticism

Why Romantic?
the meaning of 'romantic' in the context of the period 1790-1830

Why Lyrical Ballads?
how the collection came into being and its importance

Lyrical Ballads (1798) : advertisement
full text

Lyrical Ballads (1798)
list of contents and critical reception

Lyrical Ballads (1800) Preface
full text

Lyrical Ballads (1800)
list of contents and critical reception

Francis Jeffrey: Thalaba the Destoyer
Jeffrey writes about the 'Lake Poets' ie Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey.

The Borderers
Synopsis and critical appreciation of Wordsworth's drama


3. Poems

To get a taste of what the Romantic poets are about, there are a handful of classic poems which you might enjoy browsing. Click on the image below to go there:

Lyrical Ballads (1800) Volume I
full text of all the poems

Lyrical Ballads (1800) Volume II
full text of all the poems


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