5 Interesting Facts About Romanticism Writers

5 Interesting Facts About Romanticism Writers

The Romanticism literary period was a weird time.
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For AP Literature, we get to learn about the Romanticism period. It was a literary and artistic period towards the end of the 18th century that celebrated individuality, emphasized emotion, and connected god with nature. Novels that you’ve probably heard of from this time period include Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, etc. When some people read these books, they consider them dry and uninteresting, but what they don’t know is how weird the authors of most of these novels actually where. It was mainly the poets who seemed to have crazy lives, so here are some interesting facts about some of the writers from this time.

1. Lord Byron

While Lord Byron was attending Trinity College, Cambridge, he reportedly kept a pet bear as a protest to the rules forbidding pet dogs since he was such an avid animal lover. The particular animal he was wanting to take to college was a Newfoundland dog named Boatswain, who when he passed away got a bigger monument that his owner and at one point Lord Byron wanted to be buried with his dog. If that isn’t a testimony of man’s best friend, then I don’t know what is.

2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of his most famous works, was actually written after an opium induced hallucination/dream. It’s left unfinished because he couldn’t remember the rest of his hallucination. So whenever you teacher made you read something that made you think, “Wow, this guy sounds like he was on drugs when he wrote this,” you might actually be right about that.

3. William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was such a popular poet at the time that his home actually became a tourist attraction where he would actually charge tourists for tea. I guess being a poet doesn’t pay all the bills.

4. William Blake

William Blake claimed to have visions of God and the afterlife throughout his life; when his brother died, he is said to have seen his spirit ascend into heaven. This is probably why he was considered crazy for most of his lifetime, but his poems have transcended time with their popularity.

5. John Keats

Although John Keats was a brilliant poet, he was actually terrible at reading his poetry aloud, even his friends said he didn’t do the poems justice, which can be either seen as a compliment to his writing or a dig at his verbal skills. Either way, the lung hemorrhage he suffered due to tuberculosis is said to be brought on by negative reviews, so his friend’s comments on his oral presentations probably didn’t help with his anxiety.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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