Romantic Poetry: Working Class Poets Analytical Essay by cee-cee

Romantic Poetry: Working Class Poets
This paper argues that some of the best examples of Romantic poetry are from unlikely individuals that are rarely included in the canon of "Romantic literature".
# 107991 | 1,660 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Sep 18, 2008 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry)

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The paper relates that Romantic poetry was a clear demand for social justice, expressing that the past social structure was too rigid and the new social order must allow for individual growth. The paper posits that some of the best examples of Romantic poetry were produced by working class individuals. The paper uses the example of the working class, self-educated poet, Mary Collier, and analyzes two specific examples of Collier's poems. The paper explains that this working class woman was not only not an exception but probably even more committed to the ideals of the period than many of the classic Romantic poets.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harvey, A.D. "Working-Class Poets and Self-Education." Contemporary Review May 1999: 252.
  • Lonsdale, Roger, ed. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Read, Herbert. The True Voice of Feeling: Studies in English Romantic Poetry. New York: Patheon Books, 1953.
  • Sherwood, Margaret. Undercurrents of Influence in English Romantic Poetry. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1934.

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