Romantic Poetry of The Early 19th Century "Satire is people as they are; romanticism, people as they'd like to be, and realism, people as they seem with their insides left out." - Dawn Powell
ro-man-ti-cism: An artistic and intellectual movement in Europe in the late 18th Century, characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual's expression of emotion and imagination, departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism, and rebellion from social rules and conventions.
In 1795, he met fellow poet Samuel Coleridge, and the the two quickly became friends. Inspired by the world around him and the beauty of physical landscapes, he began to compose "Lyrical Ballads", the volume of poetry that set the Romantic movement in poetic literature into swing.
The book opened with Coleridge's "The Ancient Mariner".
Inheriting a legacy, his finances improved and he moved in with Dorothy, who he cared for over the last twenty years of her life.
In 1798, he began to write a long, philosophical autobiographical poem that would not be published until after his death in 1850.
Wrote the enigmatic "Lucy" poems in Germany, over the winter of 1798-99.
In 1809, travelled into the Mediteranian, where he toured for two years.
Wrote his two cantos (long poetry), called "Childe Harold's Pilgrimmage".
It was released in 1812 and recieved instant glory.
Combined the descriptive scnes of nature, the meditations of visions on earth, the vanity of material objects, the exaltation of freedom, and above all, a new hero was impassioned in spite of his weariness of life.