Romanticism Study Guide
1. In what areas was Romanticism a reaction against the Enlightenment
2. Know the major themes of Romanticism, such as the importance of Nature or Individualism
3. Know the difference among a sonnet, a lyric, and an ode
4. What is the three-and-or-four-part organization that many of the longer Romantic poems
a. Read all the poems. Why are some of his poems called Songs of Experience and why are
some called Songs of Innocence?
b. Be prepared to explain “London”
c. Be prepared to explain the two “The Chimney Sweeper” poems
a. Read “We Are Seven,” “Tintern Abbey,” and What does each poem reflect about the
a. Read “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and “Frost at Midnight.”
b. What is the Romanticism in “Rime”? What are the major images/symbols?
a. Be able to explain these lines: “Bold lover, never, never canst thou kiss, / Though
winning near the goal—yet, do not grieve; / She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy
bliss, / For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!”
b. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,”—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to
a. Why does she capitalize some of her nouns?
b. Know these various images: Slant of Light, Fly, the King, the Carriage, the Hour of Lead,
the Distance on the look of Death.
a. Know his family relationships
The turning point of his life as a slave
What is / are the thing(s) Douglass considers important
His jobs. His natural talents.
What is Romantic about his life?
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