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The Romantics: An Introduction to Romanticism

In this worksheet, students receive a basic understanding of the Romantic Movement, which will put the Romantic poets into context.

'The Romantics: An Introduction to Romanticism' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Draw on Knowledge of the Writings' Context

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will allow you to learn about the Romantic Movement. This is important if you are to fully understand and appreciate the Romantic poets.

You will need to do some research of your own in order to answer these questions.

 

Use the library or Internet to help you answer this question.

What was the Romantic Movement or Romanticism? 

the time when Valentine's day cards first began to be sent

a time in music, art and literature when love became an important inspiration for creative works

an artistic movement that took place across Europe and focused on individual creativity and rebellion

Use your research skills to find out when the Romantic Movement took place.

1770–1848

1910–1943

1674–1731

Now read the following information about the Romantic Movement and answer the questions that follow.

 

Romanticism or the Romantic Movement was an artistic movement that took place in Britain and throughout Europe roughly between 1770 and 1848. It affected literature, art and music. It was a reaction to the Enlightenment movement, which was about scientific and rational thought, and was inspired by revolutions in France, America and across Europe.

 

What was Romanticism a reaction against?

revolution

art

scientific and rational thought

Read the following information and then use it to help you answer the question.

 

The key features of Romanticism are emotion and rebellion.

Romantic poets wanted to move away from formulaic, formal poetry and focus on the imagination, creativity, emotion and the power of nature. Romantic writers focused on the importance of individual experience and feelings.

Famous Romantic poets are: Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats.

 

Select the following concepts from the list below that were important to Romantic writers:

science

imagination

individual experience

rational explanations

feelings

logic

creativity

emotion

In the previous question you read about some of the famous poets of the Romantic Movement: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Byron, Shelley and Keats. 

Use your research skills to match the following Romantic poets with their famous poems.

Column A

Column B

Wordsworth
'The Tyger'
Coleridge
'To a Skylark'
Blake
'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner'
Byron
'To Autumn'
Shelley
'She Walks in Beauty'
Keats
'The Prelude'

The Romantic Movement wasn't just about poets. Artists and composers and other writers were also influenced by it.

Research the following names and match them with their artistic discipline:

 

William Turner

Fransisco Goya

John Constable

Ludwig van Beethoven

Felix Mendelssohn

Richard Strauss

Jane Austen

Walter Scott

Mary Shelley

Column A

Column B

Goya, Constable, Turner
painters
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Strauss
novelists
Austen, Scott, Shelley
composers

Now read the following information.

 

The poets of the Romantic period had different concerns. Some protested about society and the way in which society was so focused on science, commercialism and making money that it dominated human life and squashed the human spirit. They were angry that institutions like the Church allowed this to happen and allowed extreme poverty to happen. Some explored the power of nature and the way it could be a healing and spiritual force and some created the first celebrities!

 

Use the internet to research the following poets and see if you can match them with their main concerns.

Column A

Column B

Blake
wrote about the power of nature in their poems
Coleridge and Wordsworth
used poetry to protest about what was happening to...
Byron, Keats and Shelley
created the idea of the writer as a celebrity

Now use all of your knowledge about the Romantic Movement to tick which of the following statements about Romanticism are true.

Romanticism was a movement in Victorian times.

The Romantics believed in the importance of the government.

The Romantic Movement or Romanticism was an artistic movement that took place across Europe and focused on individual creativity and rebellion.

The Romantic Movement took place 1770-1848.

Romanticism was a movement dedicated to love.

Romanticism was explored in writing, music and art.

The concepts of imagination, individual experience, feelings, creativity and emotion were important to Romantic writers.

Romanticism was a movement just about poets.

Key Romantic poets were Keats, Shelley, Coleridge and Blake.

Key Romantic poets were Duffy, Shakespeare and Browning.

  • Question 1

Use the library or Internet to help you answer this question.

What was the Romantic Movement or Romanticism? 

CORRECT ANSWER
an artistic movement that took place across Europe and focused on individual creativity and rebellion
EDDIE SAYS
The Romantic Movement or Romanticism was an artistic movement that took place across Europe and focused on individual creativity and rebellion.
  • Question 2

Use your research skills to find out when the Romantic Movement took place.

CORRECT ANSWER
1770–1848
EDDIE SAYS
The Romantic Movement took place 1770–1848.
  • Question 3

Now read the following information about the Romantic Movement and answer the questions that follow.

 

Romanticism or the Romantic Movement was an artistic movement that took place in Britain and throughout Europe roughly between 1770 and 1848. It affected literature, art and music. It was a reaction to the Enlightenment movement, which was about scientific and rational thought, and was inspired by revolutions in France, America and across Europe.

 

What was Romanticism a reaction against?

CORRECT ANSWER
scientific and rational thought
EDDIE SAYS
Romanticism was a reaction against scientific and rational thought.
  • Question 4

Read the following information and then use it to help you answer the question.

 

The key features of Romanticism are emotion and rebellion.

Romantic poets wanted to move away from formulaic, formal poetry and focus on the imagination, creativity, emotion and the power of nature. Romantic writers focused on the importance of individual experience and feelings.

Famous Romantic poets are: Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats.

 

Select the following concepts from the list below that were important to Romantic writers:

CORRECT ANSWER
imagination
individual experience
feelings
creativity
emotion
EDDIE SAYS
The concepts of imagination, individual experience, feelings, creativity and emotion were important to Romantic writers.
  • Question 5

In the previous question you read about some of the famous poets of the Romantic Movement: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Byron, Shelley and Keats. 

Use your research skills to match the following Romantic poets with their famous poems.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Wordsworth
'The Prelude'
Coleridge
'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner...
Blake
'The Tyger'
Byron
'She Walks in Beauty'
Shelley
'To a Skylark'
Keats
'To Autumn'
EDDIE SAYS
Wordsworth = 'The Prelude'

Coleridge = 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner'

Blake = 'The Tyger'

Byron = 'She Walks in Beauty'

Shelley = 'To a Skylark'

Keats = 'To Autumn'
  • Question 6

The Romantic Movement wasn't just about poets. Artists and composers and other writers were also influenced by it.

Research the following names and match them with their artistic discipline:

 

William Turner

Fransisco Goya

John Constable

Ludwig van Beethoven

Felix Mendelssohn

Richard Strauss

Jane Austen

Walter Scott

Mary Shelley

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Goya, Constable, Turner
painters
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Strauss
composers
Austen, Scott, Shelley
novelists
EDDIE SAYS
Goya, Constable, Turner = painters

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Strauss = composers

Austen, Scott, Shelley = novelists
  • Question 7

Now read the following information.

 

The poets of the Romantic period had different concerns. Some protested about society and the way in which society was so focused on science, commercialism and making money that it dominated human life and squashed the human spirit. They were angry that institutions like the Church allowed this to happen and allowed extreme poverty to happen. Some explored the power of nature and the way it could be a healing and spiritual force and some created the first celebrities!

 

Use the internet to research the following poets and see if you can match them with their main concerns.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Blake
used poetry to protest about what...
Coleridge and Wordsworth
wrote about the power of nature i...
Byron, Keats and Shelley
created the idea of the writer as...
EDDIE SAYS
Blake used his poetry to protest about what was happening to society and the failure of religion to change it.

Coleridge and Wordsworth wrote about the power of nature in their poems.

Byron, Keats and Shelley created the idea of the writer as a celebrity.
  • Question 8

Now use all of your knowledge about the Romantic Movement to tick which of the following statements about Romanticism are true.

CORRECT ANSWER
The Romantic Movement or Romanticism was an artistic movement that took place across Europe and focused on individual creativity and rebellion.
The Romantic Movement took place 1770-1848.
Romanticism was explored in writing, music and art.
The concepts of imagination, individual experience, feelings, creativity and emotion were important to Romantic writers.
Key Romantic poets were Keats, Shelley, Coleridge and Blake.
EDDIE SAYS
The Romantic Movement or Romanticism was an artistic movement that took place across Europe and focused on individual creativity and rebellion.

The Romantic Movement took place 1770–1848.

Romanticism was explored in writing, music and art.

The concepts of imagination, individual experience, feelings, creativity and emotion were important to Romantic writers.
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