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British Literature: Romantic Age 1780-1837

A guide for ENG 240 Foundations of British Literature.

Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, 1818

Willaim Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads.  Wordsworth was Britain's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. ~ from Wikipedia

His works include "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802," a sonnet describing London and the River Thames, viewed from Westminster Bridge in the early morning. It was first published in the collection Poems in Two Volumes in 1807.

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1934)

Coleridge was an English poet, Romantic, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. He is probably best known for his poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as for his major prose work Biographia Literaria. ~ from Wikipedia

William Blake (1757-1827)

Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

His Songs of Innocence and of Experience is an illustrated collection of poems which first appeared in two phases. A few first copies were printed and illuminated by William Blake himself in 1789; five years later he bound these poems with a set of new poems in a volume titled Songs of Innocence and of Experience Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. It includes "The Chimney Sweeper,"  which is the title of two poems by William Blake, published in Songs of Innocence in 1789 and Songs of Experience in 1794 The poem is set against the dark background of child labor that was well known in England in the late 18th and 19th century.  ~ from Wikipedia