Romantic Era

Donovan Westbrook, Tommy Wynn

What are the characteristics of romantic literature?

Individuality/Democracy/Personal Freedom, Spiritual/Supernatural Elements, Nature as a Teacher, Interest in Past History/Ancient Greek and Roman Elements, Celebration of the Simple Life, Interest in the Rustic/Pastoral Life, Interest in Folk Traditions, Use of Common Language, Use of Common Subjects, One Sided/Opinionated, Idealized Women, Frequent Use of Personification, Examination of the Poet's Inner Feelings

What are the main romantic authors?

Williams Wordsworth is one of the main romantic authors, he was always trying to create a new kind of poetry. His most famous work is the prelude. Some other famous authors and there work are William Blake- the marriage of heaven and hell, Samuel Taylor Coleridge- time of the ancient mariner, George Gordon and Lord Byron- Don Juan, Percy Bysshe Shelley- Prometheus Unbound, John Keats - Great Odes

What are the prominent historic events of the romantic era?

The French Revolution and the resulting upheavals, including the execution of Louis XVI, the Reign of Terror, and the Napoleonic Wars.


The War of 1812


The spread of the Industrial Revolution from England to the Continent, which forced radical social and economic change.

The first railroad, telegraph, electric motor.

The Hatian Revolution, the only slave revolt in the Americas to win political independence.

Revolutions elsewhere in the Americas, leading to independence for Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

Belgian independence from the Netherlands.

The abolition of slavery in Portugal and Britain.

The rise of radical political movements, such as Utilitarianism and Jacobinism.

What important discoveries and developments happened in the romantic era?

This is a list of inventions : telephone - 1876, recorded sound - 1877, light bulb - 1879, automobile - 1900, radio transmission - 1901. Even though electricity had been invented, most homes did not gain access to electricity until the mid 1900's, well after the Romantic period. The train and railroad tracks were also being created as well all over Europe.
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What are the most famous pieces of literature in the romantic era?


"Moby Dick" is the famous seafaring tale of Captain Ahab and his obsessed search for a white whale. Read the full text of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," along with footnotes, biographical details, engravings, a bibliography, and other critical materials.


"The Scarlet Letter"(1850) tells the tale of Hester and her daughter, Pearl. Adultery is represented by the beautifully sewn scarlet letter and by the impish Pearl.


"Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852) was an antislavery novel, became an instant bestseller. The novel tells about three slaves: Tom, Eliza and George. Langston Hughes called "Uncle Tom's Cabin" America's "first protest novel." She published the novel as an outcry against slavery after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850.



"The Last of the Mohicans" (1826) depicts Hawkeye and the Mohicans, against the backdrop of the French and Indian War. Although popular at the time of its publication, the novel has been criticized in more recent years for overly romanticizing and stereotyping the Native American experience.


by Edgar Allan Poe. "Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym" (1837) was based on a newspaper account of a shipwreck. Poe's sea novel influenced the works of Herman Melville and Jules Verne. Of course, Edgar Allan Poe is also well known for his short stories, like "A Tell-Tale Heart," and poems like "The Raven."