British Romanticism: 1780-1832

                                                                                                                       George Heinrich Sieveking, "Execution of Louis XVI" (1793)

August 31: Introduction to Romanticism

William Wordsworth, "Expostulation and Reply" (280)


Historical Contexts

The Slave Trade and the Literature of Abolition (88)

Olaudah Equiano, "Sold Again" (102)

Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (211) 

William Cowper, "The Negro's Complaint" (96) - see woodblock prints for children from the British Library

William Blake, "The Chimney Sweeper" (121)

September 7: The French Revolution 

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (187)

Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men (194)

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (199)

Burke study guide (here)


William Blake 

For the Blake readings, see poems and illustrations at and click here for a star-studded rendition of "And did those feet."

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (148)

Songs of Innocence: Introduction, The Lamb, The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper (118)

Songs of Experience: Introduction, The Chimney Sweeper, The Sick Rose, The Tyger 

"And did those feet" (161)

September 14: Lyrical Ballads 

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth, Preface to 1802 Lyrical Ballads, (292-304)

William Wordsworth, "The Solitary Reaper," "We Are Seven" (342, 278) 

Lyrical Ballads Study Guide (here)


S.T. Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (443), "Kubla Khan" (459) 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria: On fancy and imagination (490), Chapter 14: Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads (491), Chapter 17: Rustic Life (497)

September 21: The Conversation Poem

Coleridge, "The Eolian Harp" (439) 

Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" (288)


The Prelude

Wordsworth, excerpts from The Prelude (1805): Crossing of the Alps (352), Spots of Time (395) 

SEptember 28: Lord BYRON 

Lord Byron: "She walks in beauty" (617), Manfred (638), Don Juan, Canto 2: esp. Stanzas 11, 18-20, 67-79, 106-115 (704), 105-117 


Felicia Hemans

Felicia Hemans: Casabianca (886) 

October 5: The Shelleys & VIRTUE ESSAY

Percy Shelley: "Ozymandias" (776),  A Defense of Poetry (856) with key passages (here)

Mary Shelley: Introduction to Frankenstein and excerpts (click on links) 

Please brainstorm and have ideas prepared for an in-class writing session around the Virtue Essay prompt.
The 4 areas to think about are 1) the virtue you value most, 2) a spot of time or personal anecdote illustrating this virtue, 3) a passage from an author that sheds light on this virtue, 4) points for social commentary and critique (what virtues you finding lacking in others, in society, etc.)

October 12 - no class

Email your Virtue Essay as a Word document to me at The competition prompt is here.

October 19: Keats

John Keats, On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer (904), Ode on a Grecian Urn (925) 

John Gibson Lockhart: "The Cockney School of Poetry" (here)

Keats, Selected letters: "A Poet has no Identity" (972),  "The Chambers of Human Life" (970), "Negative Capability" (967)

My Fair Lady and English lessons w. Prof. Henry Higgins

Michael Caine on the Cockney accent


Romanticism Review

Midterm Information

Short answer practice questions

Practice IDs

Full Romanticism Overview & Study Guide


We will have 30 mins of review beforehand and take the exam at 6:30.


Celebrate with some articles:

Literary Obituaries

We begin with the Victorian Era on November 2

Victorian Syllabus

Modernist Syllabus