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English Literature: Romantic Period

Updated on October 21, 2011

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.

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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.

Happy reading!

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.

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      frances lm 6 years ago

      But what about the Bronte sisters? Aren't they romantic?

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      case1worker lm 6 years ago

      I think what makes a truly great author is that the work is still being read over a 100 years later- and enjoyed

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I answered Jane Austen because I have read most of what she has written. There are many others on the list that I still want to read. I picked up a poetry book by Percy Shelley that I want to make time to read -- but still haven't.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I read all the time and really enjoy it. This is a well written lens.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I think a story is great if I can lose myself in it. Of if I can see a scene in my mind's eye as the author describes. Or if I feel what his character feels. But, most importantly - if it causes a new thougt or direction or insight.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great writing stands the test of time but then there are so many writers that never publish. I guess I'm not too concerned about mass appeal but how I am drawn in. I recently rediscovered a book of poetry by a little known poet that I love and have had for years.

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      diaperbagdiva lm 6 years ago

      @peppervel: Hey! I'm also new to Squidoo. I guess that means that we can learn some things together! I'll do some research and get back to you on how to keep up with the lens. Also, I'll put together a text specifically for getting your kiddo interested in literature. I'm a lit fanatic. In fact, that was my college major. I'm still working on fully developing this lens so keep checking in. Also, welcome to Squidoo! It's great to have you. Thanks for the comments too!

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      When I 1st read the title of your lens, I immediately clicked cos I love literature! Looking to read more from this lens. Am new to squidoo. So, how do I know there's an update on this lens? Would love to read whenever it's updated. One advice, how do I encourage my son to love literature. He's taking this subject in secondary school here in Singapore. Kept telling him it's a beautiful subject. He just hates to write long essay. Thanks for any tips or advice. Thanks again for sharing this lens.


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