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This is for a British Romantic Literature class. You can pick whatever prompt you like (ONLY 1!). I will include the book we used for this course and the poems to draw from at the bottom. Write a clear, carefully considered essay of about 1000 words on one of the following topics. You do not necessarily need to address each question within the topic in turn; your goal is to write a brief, yet carefully constructed essay using the topic as a starting point. Be sure to include specific examples from at least three of the works, and have a solid, arguable thesis. Who is a poet? What does a poet really do? What influence does a poet have in the world? Using either poetic or prose examples, show us how Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, and Shelley construct their poetic selves, and tell us the points on which they agree or disagree. Make something of the comparison—what does examining them in relation to each other tell us? Examine how Romantic ideas of nature and/or poetry changed over the course of the Romantic era. What is the difference, for instance, between Wordsworth’s and Shelley’s conceptions of the relationship between humanity and the natural world? Use at least four separate examples to illustrate your thesis, but try to find a coherent argument that encompasses the concept as a whole. Examine the idea of beauty and the aesthetic in at least four works. What was beautiful? What was sublime? What role does beauty play in our lives? How can it be represented in poetry? The Norton Anthology: British Romantic Literature (10th edition) Shelley: “Mont Blanc,” “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,” “The Mask of Anarchy,” “A Defense of Poetry,” and “Adonais.” Keats: “The Eve of St. Agnes,” “Lamia,” “Ode to Psyche,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Wordsworth: Preface to Lyrical Ballads; “Resolution and Independence,” “Ode: Intimations of Immortality,” “The Solitary Reaper,” and The Prelude Byron: “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” Cantos 1 and 3, “Don Juan,” Cantos 1-4, “Darkness,” and “The Vision of Judgment” Blake: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell