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English Literature: Romantic Period
The Romantic Period Authors
This lens covers some of the most widely read authors in history. The Romantic Period in English literature is wrought with intensely emotional poetry, short stories and novels. The language is rich and passionate. I hope you enjoy reading through some of your favorite authors' text modules and that you may even discover a new author to invest some reading time into.
In the Presence of Greatness
Top 10 Romantic Period Authors
Many Romantic Period authors are taught on a daily basis in high schools and colleges across the country. Although instructors enjoy using the passionate prose in their classrooms, many of the poems and short stories are subject to individual interpretation. As I continue to develop this lens, I will add author bios, favorite works, and fun facts. Enjoy going through this list and take some time out of your day to Google some of these author's greatest works.
Top 10 Romantic Period Authors:
1. William Wordsworth
2. Sir Walter Scott
3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
4. William Blake
5. Mary Wollstonecraft
6. Jane Austen
7. George Gordon, Lord Byron
8. Percy Blysshe Shelley
9. John Keats
10. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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What Makes A Great Author Great?
A Question/Answer Text
So...what does make a great author truly great? Why should William Wordsworth be a literary household name when, well, yours is not? What made Frost so revolutionary? Why are college courses taught using Dickinson's writings? Is greatness largely dependent on style and/or timing? Is fantastic writing gauged by rhymes, meters, or grammatical structure? Or is it that true greatness lies within the artist's ability to connect with a generation?
As a college graduate with a BA in English Composition, I can tell you that I really believe no one actually knows the answer to such a question. For example, I spent hundreds of hours listening to multitudes of professors, students, and so-called experts ramble on about favorite authors, poets, literary works and periods and, to be honest, every speaker had a different opinion. Some professor preferred the ambiguity of the new-age authors while some professors preferred the dramatized, raw passion found in the Romantic Period writers. Some students could not connect with American authors, whereas, some students preferred the more grotesque novels of modern America. Every speaker in each of my college courses had a different viewpoint on writing styles and times and no two professors seemed to prefer or admire the same two things about any of the authors or writing styles.
So...I'm asking you, dear readers. What do you believe makes great literature? What about an author or story inspires you to read? What about writing styles do you think must be present in order to make that style valid (i.e. grammatical structure, etc.)?
Please comment below and feel free to view some of the suggested reading materials that I have given you. As a writer, I want to know what my audience believes makes an author revolutionary or enjoyable.