19th Century Poets

Hero Essays


The 19th century saw the decline of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as the Spanish, Portugese, Chinese and Ottoman empires. On the rise were the British Empire, the German Empire, and the United States of America.

As a follow up to the Classicism of the 18th century, which looked to the pure formalism of antiquity as an ideal, Romanticism was one of the early movements of the 19th century. Common Romantic themes were emotion, imagination and nature. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are early examples of this movement. The Industrial Revolution with the advent of the steam engine and the train, and great human suffering in the movement of populations from the country to the city, led to a rise of irony and emotional detachment as an evolution of Romanticism.

The World Is Too Much With Us

Produced by:Taft High School
Based on the poem by William Wordsworth

Alexander Pushkin (1799 - 1837)

By: Jerrilyn Jacobs
Alexander Pushkin was a Russian poet and writer who is beloved around the world.

France Prešeren (Preseren) (1800-1849)

By: Andrej from Maribor
France Preseren is the Slovene national poet and inspired Slovene literature.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

By: Elizabeth from Texas
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

By: Rhea from Annapolis
Edgar Allan Poe was a renowned poet who overcame many hardships including depression.

Taras Shevchenko (1814 - 1861)

By: Polina from Kremenchuk, Ukraine

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

By: Nathan S. from Orange
Henry David Thoreau was a naturalist, social philosopher and writer.

Frances Ellen Watkins (1825 - 1911)

By: Geeta Malik
Frances Ellen Watkins was a prolific author and poet who devoted her life to speaking out against slavery.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

By: Cassie from Herrin
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson wrote nearly 2,000 poems in her lifetime.

Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

By: Amber from Richmond

Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

By: Olivia from San Antonio

Mihai Eminescu

By: Valeria from Drochia
"The sky dreams of stars, the earth dreams of love" (Mihai Eminescu)

W.E.B. Dubois (1868 - 1963)

By: Jennifer Beck

W.E.B. Dubois is considered by some a "founding father of multi-culturalism."

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906)

Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African-American poet of the nineteenth century.


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