English Romantic Poets: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Byron, Shelley, Keats.

Timeline of English Romantic Poets: Based on Lectures by Willard Spiegelman

See 24 lectures by Willard Spiegelman from the Teaching Company

Birth of William Blake.

Birth of William Wordsworth.

Birth of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Birth of George Gordon Byron.

William Blake develops a new printing technique for illuminated manuscript which he uses to print his own work.

French Revolution.
William Blake's Songs of Innocence.

William Wordsworth travels to France.
(To 1793) William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

William Wordsworth again travels to France. On one of these trips he fathers a child by Annette Vallon.

Birth of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge leaves Cambridge University without a degree; meets Robert Southey.
William Blake's Songs of Experience.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge lectures on religion and politics.
First meeting of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge marries Sarah Fricker.
Birth of John Keats.

Lyrical Ballads co-authored by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes "Ancient Mariner" (in Lyrical Ballads), "Christabel" (Part I), and possibly "Kubla Khan".
William Wordsworth begins The Prelude.
(To 1799) William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge each in Germany.

First tour of the English Lake District by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge together.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge meets Sara Hutchinson.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes "Dejection: an Ode".

William Wordsworth marries Mary Hutchinson.

Scottish tour by Samuel Taylor Coleridge with William Wordsworth and Dorothy Wordsworth.
(To 1815) War between England and France.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge goes to Malta as Acting Public Secretary till 1806.

William Wordsworth completed the bulk of The Prelude.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge lectures on literature at the Royal Institution.

George Gordon Byron begins his 2-year tour of Continental Europe.
William Blake's exhibition: Descriptive Catalogue.

October: rupture between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

George Gordon Byron ends his 2-year tour of Continental Europe, returning to Britain to assume his set in the House of Lords.

Percy Bysshe Shelley elopes with Harriet Westbrook.

George Gordon Byron publishes the first two cantos of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and thereby became famous.

Percy Bysshe Shelley abandons his pregnant wife (Harriet Westbrook, who shortly after commits suicide) to elope with Mary Wollstonecraft.

Napoleon defeated at Waterloo. The peace with France makes travel easier for the English to continental Europe.

George Gordon Byron marries Annabella Milbanke, mother of his daughter Augusta Ada.

John Keats begins his medical studies in London.

John Keats' first volume of poems published; reviewed negatively by conservative Tory reviewers.

Annabella Milbanke leaves George Gordon Byron, who leaves England permanently.

Endymion by John Keats published.

"Christabel" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge published.

Shelley in Switzerland writes "The Hymn to Intellectual [spiritual] Beauty" and "Mont Blanc".

Shelley writes "Ozymandias".

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Biographia Literaria.

Start of John Keats' miraculous year in which (through the autumn of 1819) he composed

John Keats catches a cold in Scotland; evantually develops tuberculosis.

John Keats younger brother, Tom, dies of tuberculosis in December.

Percy Bysshe Shelley returns permanently to continental Europe.

Byron writes first Canto of his Don Juan: A Comic Masterpiece.

John Keats's great poem: "To Autumn".

Peterloo Massacre (16 August): quickly this was interpreted by progressives as repressive tyranny within England.

John Keats's Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems.

John Keats sails to Italy, at the suggestion of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Death of John Keats in Rome.

(To 1827) Greek War of Independence from Turkey.

Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, by drowning off the west coast of Italy in a storm.

George Gordon Byron sails to Greece.

Death of George Gordon Byron, in Greece where he is preparing to fight in the war of Greek Independence.

Death of William Blake.

Publication of third edition of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Poetical Works.

Death of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

William Wordsworth named Poet Laureate (following the death of Robert Southey).

Death of William Wordsworth.
Posthumous publication of William Wordsworth's The Prelude.

English Romantic Poets: Lectures by Willard Spiegelman

24 lectures by Willard Spiegelman from the Teaching Company:

Poets included:

English Romantic Poets: Lectures by Willard Spiegelman:

Part I.

  1. Romantic Beginnings.
  2. Wordsworth and Lyrical Ballads.
  3. Life and Death, Past and Present [Wordsworth].
  4. Epic Ambitions and Autobiography [Wordsworth].
  5. Spots of Time and Poetic Growth [Wordsworth].
  6. Coleridge and the Art of Conversation.
  7. Hell to Heaven via Purgatory [Coleridge].
  8. Rivals and Friends [Coleridge and Wordsworth].
  9. William Blake: Eccentric Genius.
  10. From Innocence to Experience [Blake].
  11. Blake's Prophetic Books.
  12. Women Romantic Poets.

Part II.

  1. "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know".
  2. The Byronic Hero [Byron].
  3. Don Juan: A Comic Masterpiece [Byron].
  4. Shelley and Romantic Lyricism.
  5. Shelley's Figures of Thought.
  6. Shelley and History.
  7. Shelley and Love.
  8. Keats and the Poetry of Aspiration.
  9. Keats and Ambition.
  10. Keats and Eros.
  11. Process, Ripeness, Fulfillment {Keats].
  12. The Persistence of Romanticism.

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