> Welcome to Romanticism
101, a collection of teaching resources designed
to help students learn and act upon Romanticism. Based on the texts
included in this website, the quizzes and assignments included will
allow students to familiarize themselves with the Romantic movement
in different expressive mediums. Resources are separated into sections,
to allow for more specific learning.
Literature | Essay Questions and Interesting Thoughts for Discussion
1. What was the difference
between Weimar classicism as demonstrated by Friedrich von Schiller
and Aesthetic Humanism as demonstrated by Friedrich von Schlegel?
2. Compare and contrast
the French Romantic movement with the German Romantic movement.
3. Do you think it
is ethical to use a mind altering drug for the sake of creativity such
as Opium for Romantic writers?
4. The Romantic approach
to landscape also had an impact in America, where poets and painters
turned their eyes on a different and much wilder version of nature.
How do American versions of the picturesque, the beautiful, and the
sublime in landscape differ from British ones?
5. Gothic tales, both in English and in German, were a dominant force in the late-eighteenth-century literary marketplace and were read by all the major Romantic poets. At the same time, with the notable exception of Byron, none of the poets garnered anything like the novelists' readership. What common points of praise or blame appear? What inconsistencies? How do you see the poet's reading of the Gothic reflected in his poetry?
6. What debt do the Romantics have to the various major religions of the world?
In what ways were the British Romantic poets precursors to later poets
such as Dickinson and Whitman?
Explain how and why the "Dark Romantics" viewed themselves
separately from the Transcendentalist?
Explain women's roles in the Romantic view. Focus specifically on their
roles in politics, and to what extent they helped the Sufferage movement.
11. Explain and cite two examples of the Romantics preocupatation with conformity or the desire to break from conformity.
Explain the paradox of religion and deism in relation to the Transcendentalist
How have Emerson's and Thoreau's view of pedagogy affected our educational
To what extent were the "Dark Romantics" forerunners of the
field of psychology?
15. The conflict between the head and the heart was a common theme for the Romantics. Cite two examples and explain how this conflict is resolved.