The Romantic Era and Victorian Literature

Explain how the industrial and agrarian revolutions shaped the development of the Romantic movement in England and the poetic subjects and forms adapted by that nation's major Romantic poets. Identify the ideals expressed in important works by the English Romantic poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Percy Shelley, John Keats, and Lord George Byron. Trace the development of literary criticism and the growth in depth and scope of the English novel during the first half of the Victorian era. Gain insight to the impact of social unrest and political reforms, Empire-building and colonial expansion on the literary works of early and mid-Victorian writers.