Romantic Poetry

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A 4 page essay that discusses examples of Romantic verse. In the early nineteenth century, artists rebelled against restrictions on form and content in their art. Wordsworth ushered in the Romantic era in poetry by defining good verse as when it demonstrates the "'spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings'" (Abrams, et al 7). Unlike previous eras, which looked to the outer world as a the only legitimate source for poetry, Wordsworth located this source within the poet. Similarly, Coleridge and Shelley both stressed the role of imagination in the creative process (Abrams 7). This element and perspective is quite evident in the work of each of these poets. Bibliography lists 5 sources.