British Romanticism

This course will provide a happy joyride through selected works by William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and John Keats. We will careen merrily through the qualities that define the Romantic Movement and the characteristics of Romanticism and other philosophies which characterize the work of these writers. While also refreshing and honing our ability to read and analyze poetry, we will have the chance to explore an early example of the novel. Our goal will be to gain appreciation for and greater understanding of this significant, passionate and influential literary movement. Texts of the poems are available online at For study and to use during class, it is recommended that you print copies for yourself. Any poems not available on this site will be provided. Likewise, Dover books is a great resource for inexpensive editions of selected works by all the poets except Blake, although beautiful facsimile editions of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience are also offered. A copy of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley will have to be purchased, borrowed from the library, or found on your own bookshelves. This in-person only class is limited to 20 participants.

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