Romantic Literature

From the late eighteenth century through the nineteenth century, Romanticists revolted against classicism and rationalism. Romanticism championed humanism, emotion, and the senses over rationality and intellect. In England, Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads is cited as the first entry into Romantic literature. Poets such as Byron, Shelley, Keats, and Blake were all part of the Romantic Movement in England; other European Romanticists include Goethe, Dumas, and Pushkin. In America, Romanticism manifested itself in transcendentalism, seen in the writings of Emerson and Thoreau. Poe, Longfellow, and Whitman also wrote works in the vein of Romantic literature. 

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