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Unformatted text preview: * The true beginning of the Romantic Era came with the publication in 1798 of Lyrical Ballads , a collection of poems by William Wordsworth (1770– 1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) * In the preface to that book, Wordsworth explained his revolutionary theory of poetry. * He stated that poetry should be about common people and events and should be written in the language of ordinary men and women. * Following in the footsteps of Wordsworth and Coleridge were the “second generation” of Romantic Era poets. These younger poets—George Gordon, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats —carried on the tradition of Wordsworth and Coleridge, celebrating emotion over reason and nature over science....
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