Romanticism was a movement in art, literature, and music of the late 18th century through at least the first half of the 19th century. The Romantics were the first hippies. They rebelled against the emphasis on reason and science and the increasing industrialization of the Age of Enlightenment and, instead, placed importance on nature, emotions, feelings, and individuality. Author name (nationality)...
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1William Wordsworth (English)William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).
Considered the father of English Romanticism who said in his 1798 book "Lyrical Ballads" that poetry should be the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings." Changed English literature forever. - Blue_Devereaux
2George Gordon, Lord Byron (English)
3John Keats (English)John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death.
Poor Keats indeed. He wrote his epitaph which is inscribed on a marker (without his name) in Rome where he is buried:
"Here lies one whose name was writ in water." - Blue_Devereaux
My favorite. But he lived a very sad and painful life.
John Keats died at a young age. His father died when he was young, his mother too died when he was young. He had an unfulfilled love, and died due to tuberculosis. Such a sad man. He became famous only after his death. - Kiteretsunu
4William Blake (English)William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.
5Victor Hugo (French)Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. Hugo is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French writers. ...read more.
Who doesn't love Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame? - keyson
6Percy Bysshe Shelley (English)Percy Bysshe Shelley (4 August 1792 – 8 July 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets, and is regarded by some as among the finest lyric, as well as epic, poets in the English language.
7Alexander Pushkin (Russian)Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 – 10 February [O.S. 29 January] 1837) was a Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
8Nathaniel Hawthorne (American)
9Mary Shelley (English)Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Godwin (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). She also edited and promoted the works of her ...read more.
10George Sand (French)
11Alessandro Manzoni (Italian)
12Giacomo Leopardi (Italian)Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi (29 June 1798 – 14 June 1837) was an Italian poet, philosopher, essayist and philologist. He is widely acknowledged to have been one of the most radical and challenging thinkers of the 19th century.