Romanticism swept Europe and the British Empire in the late 1700s. It ended in England with the Victorian Era in 1837, though its influence was felt until 1850. It focused on nature, awe, and the sublime, and was a precursor to American Romanticism, Naturalism, and Transcendentalism.
This famous poem deals with the tensions and questions of human existence.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: Chapter 16
In his monologue, the monster scolds the scientist for letting power cloud his judgment.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The famous poem that begins, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
Love and Friendship
Brontë uses figurative language to argue that friendship - not love - is everlasting.
The Ecchoing Green
In this famous poem, Blake laments the fleeting nature of youth.
Answer to A Child's Question
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Love is simple, good, and pure in this Romantic poem.
A Poison Tree
In this poem, a speaker allows their hatred and anger to grow, like a poisonous tree.
When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
A speaker shares his desires for his future and his fears that he will not accomplish them.
On the Death of Anne Brontë
In this poem, Charlotte Brontë discusses the death of her sister.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
In this poem, the speaker describes seeing a field of daffodils.
Excerpt from Frankenstein: The Creature’s Request
Victor Frankenstein’s creature confronts Frankenstein and demands that he listen to how he has suffered.
Ode on a Grecian Urn
In this poem, John Keats describes a series of images on a Grecian urn.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The speaker describes a traveler’s tale about ancient ruins encountered in a desert.
Excerpt from “The Lotos-Eaters”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A group of sailors experiences strange effects after eating a special flower.