Shelley, it is often said (by me, anyway), is the most uncompromising advocate of the imaginative ideal among the Romantic poets. Describe Shelley’s handling of the imagination in comparison to Wordsworth’s, for example.

You may either choose ONE of the following questions to answer in an essay 7-8 pages in length OR choose TWO questions to answer in two essays of approximately four pages each. You also have the option of writing 7-8 pages on a topic of your choice. You have considerable latitude, as long as your argument addresses the course material in a significant way. Although this is not a research paper, your arguments need to be properly supported. In any case, remember to properly credit your sources.

1. The Second Generation Romantics were often at pains to distinguish themselves from their First Generation predecessors. Nevertheless, they are still considered “Romantic.” Discuss the ways in which the Second Generation is both similar and different from the First on such issues as nature, the imagination, politics, or the poetic past.

2. Much has been written about “the Byronic hero,” who is the prototype for such later iconic figures as Rochester and Heathcliff. What are the characteristics of the Byronic hero? How does he diverge from previous heroic ideals? How does the figure of the hero evolve in Byron’s own work?

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3. Don Juan is an apparent anomaly among Romantic poems. In what sense can it be said to be a Romantic poem at all?

4. Shelley, it is often said (by me, anyway), is the most uncompromising advocate of the imaginative ideal among the Romantic poets. Describe Shelley’s handling of the imagination in comparison to Wordsworth’s, for example.

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