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GRE Literature: Romantic Poets And Poetry

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1. 'A THING of beauty is a joy for ever' - Keats; Told in 4000 lines of the love of the moon goddess Cynthia for the young shepherd Endymion. Written in heroic couplets (rhymed lines of iambic pentameter).






2. English Romantic poet who rebelled against English politics and conservative values. Considered with his friend Lord Byron a pariah for his life style. He drew no essential distinction between poetry and politics - and his work reflected the radical






3. Shelley - An Italian sonnet on the transitory nature of things (all except poetry!)






4. Coleridge - This poem - the first part of which was written in 1797 - is also a fragment. Coleridge had wanted to include it in the 1800 Lyrical Ballads - but it was not yet finished; it was still incomplete when he finally published it in 1816. As i






5. Keats - planned as an epic poem - to tell of the dethronement of Saturn and the earlier gods by Jupiter and the other divinities of Olympus - and especially of the overthrow of Hyperion - the sun-god - by Apollo. Keats has to some extent imitated Mil






6. Shelley - Tells of Shelley'S decision to devote his life to the pursuit of ideals. 'Intellectual' refers to the ideal Platonic spirit apprehended by the mind - over the faint and fleeting information of the senses.






7. The upheaval in Keats' life lead him to a poetic place - and that journey is mapped within the careful story of young Madeline and her husband to be - Porphyro. The joining of the brave poetic spirit - Porphyro - with the innocent receptacle of the p






8. Shelley - (An Elegy on the Death of John Keats) - Written in Spenserian stanzas like Keats' 'Eve of St. Agnes.' It is a pastoral elegy - which is a call to mourning - invocation of the muse and the sympathy of nature with death - procession of the mo






9. Blake - A series of texts written in imitation of biblical prophecy but expressing Blake'S own intensely personal Romantic and revolutionary beliefs. Like his other books - it was published as printed sheets from etched plates containing prose - poet






10. Keats - Written after Keats heard a nightingale outside his window and started musing about death. Horatian Ode with iambic pentameter lines and one with iambic trimeter.






11. An idealised but flawed character whose attributes include: being a rebel - having a distaste for social institutions - being an exile - expressing a lack of respect for rank and privilege - having great talent - hiding an unsavoury past - being hig






12. William Wordsworth in Lyrical Ballads. Part of the series of 'Lucy' poems - about the unremarked life and death of a remarkable young rural girl. Cf. Gray'S 'Country Church Yard' on the theme of mortality - memorialization - etc.






13. Shelley - Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni - The highest peak in Europe - was the pinnacle of reaching the sublime. Inspired to look inward by the sight of the river valley - Shelley has a sudden and clear understanding of the workings of his mi






14. English poet - Romantic - literary critic and philosopher who - with his friend William Wordsworth - was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets (as well as coauthor of the Lyrical Ballads!). He is probably best k






15. English poet - b. London. His first volume of poems appeared in 1817. It included ' I stood tip-toe upon a little hill -' 'Sleep and Poetry -' and the famous sonnet 'On First Looking into Chapman'S Homer.' He died of tuberculosis in Rome. One of the






16. Shelley - Identify Shelley by his interest in how Natural things are just manifestations of a deeper and intrinsically poetic divinity






17. Unfinished closet drama by Shelley celebrating Prometheus as a rebel against the gods--part of his larger anti-authoritarian project






18. Keats - inspired by a Wedgwood copy of a Roman copy of a Greek vase. It also contains the most discussed two lines in all of Keats'S poetry - ''Beauty is truth - truth beauty -' - that is all/Ye know on earth - and all ye need to know.' The exact me






19. One of Byron'S most popular works in his lifetime - was loosely modeled on Goethe'S anti-hero - Faust. Byron'S influence was manifested by many authors and artists of the Romantic movement during the 19th century and beyond. An example of such a her






20. Wordsworth






21. Keats - - Ballad-like. The poet meets a knight by a woodland lake in late autumn. The man has been there for a long time - and is evidently dying. The knight says he met a beautiful - wild-looking woman in a meadow. He visited with her - and decked h






22. Coleridge - Note the unusual and recognizable metre. Coleridge divides the poem into seven parts. Most of the stanzas in the poem have four lines; several have five or six lines. In the four-line stanzas - the second and fourth lines usually rhyme. I






23. Long narrative poem by Lord Byron - describes the travels and reflections of a world-weary young man who - disillusioned with a life of pleasure and revelry - looks for distraction in foreign lands.






24. Keats - - Keats' first poem. Petrarchan/Italian Sonnet (octet and sestet). The octave presents a situation - attitude - or problem that the sestet comments upon or resolves - as in John Keats'S 'On First Looking into Chapman'S Homer.






25. Adapted from Boccaccio'S Decameron - it is written in ottava rima (the stanza form that Byron brought back from Italy).






26. Lord Byron - 'She Walks in Beauty...' (1814).






27. Shelley - Actually in terza rima (interlocking rhyme). Wind as the bringer of life.






28. English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among his best-known works are the brief poems 'She Walks in Beauty' - 'When We Two Parted' - and 'So - we'll go no more a roving' - in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold'S Pilgri






29. Unfinished poem by S. T. Coleridge - Look for: Abyssinian maid - Xanadu - Mount Abora - other fanciful names. Iambic tetrameter and pentameter with interlocking end rhymes






30. English poet - painter - and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime - Is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Major works: Songs of Innocence and Experience - The Marriag






31. Byron; the dramatic poem contains supernatural elements - in keeping with the popularity of the ghost story in England at the time. It is a typical example of a Romantic closet drama.






32. Lyrical Ballads (pub. with Coleridge) - his appreciation of rustic life and diction as a poetic subject - lucy poems