People have been reading and writing romantic poetry for centuries. The language of classic romantic poems is beautiful and the poems roll off your tongue. If you are a fan of romantic poetry, then you probably already have a favorite. Read below and see if your favorite made the list. Here are the Top 10 Greatest Romantic Poets Ever. Of all time…..
List of Top 10 Greatest Romantic Poets Ever until in 2017
10. Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson was one of the greatest romantic poets of all time. She was an American poet during the 1800’s. She was a private poet that released less than a dozen poems during her lifetime. Her writing style was unique and different from the romantic poets of her time. As a result, many of those poems were drastically edited and altered by her publishers. It was not until after her death that Emily Dickinson’s 1800 or so poems were released and that she was recognized for her work. Her poem collection was found by her younger sister after her death in 1886, and her first poetry collection was printed and released.
9. Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde was a man that wrote different forms of literature. He was an Irish poet, playwright, novelist, and essayist from the 1800’s. He was imprisoned for two years in London before leaving to never return. He left for France and wrote his last work of poetry, The ballad of Reading Gaol, a poem about the harshness of life in prison.Oscar Wilde is one of the greatest romantic poets of all time until 2017. His poetry, plays, and life story are still popular today.
8. Wendy Cope
Wendy Cope is a modern, contemporary romantic English poet. While many of the greatest poets of all time are long gone, Wendy Cope is still alive and well, living in Ely. She has released four collections of poetry for adults, two collections of poetry for children, and has won several awards for her works. Her poetry is so popular that she has sold over 180,000 copies of her first poetry collection, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.
7. W. B. Yeats
W. B. Yeats is an Irish poet that emerged after the romantic era, during the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s. He became a prominent figure during his time. W. B. Yates was one of the greatest romantic poets, a co-founder of the Abbey Theatre, served two terms as an Irish senator, and a major part of the Irish Literary Revival. In 1923, W. B. Yates was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his outstanding poetic works. While his earlier works were based on his life-long fascination with spiritualism, occultism, astrology, and mysticism, W. B. Yates’ later works were inspired and significantly based on his infatuation and obsession with Maud Gonne.
6. William Blake
William Blake was an English poet that was also a painter and printmaker. Unfortunately, William Blake’s poetry did not earn the recognition it deserved until after his death. During his time, he second half of the 1700’s to the early 1800’s, William Blake was considered to be mad or crazy. However, by the end of the 1800’s his beloved classic works of romantic poetry had become popular and widely recognized. To this day, he is still considered one of the greatest Britons of all time. William Blake’s romantic poetry is considered to be part of the pre-romantic era.
5. Adrian Henri
One of the greatest romantic poets of all time, Adrian Henri was a British poet and painter. He was a modern poet, that became most prominent during the cultural era of the 1960’s and 1970’s. He is best known for founding Liverpool Scene, a poetry-rock group. While he wrote several books of poetry, he is best known for his best-selling book of poems The Mersey Sound, that was written by himself, McGough, and Patten.
4. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the greatest romantic poets that emerged during the romantic poetry era of the early 1800’s. She was an English poet that is best known for her works Sonnets From Portuguese and Aurora Leigh. It was while reading her collection Poems that her future husband, fellow poet Robert Browning, was inspired to send her a letter of admiration for her poetry. Elizabeth Barrett Browning was meant to be a poet. At the young age of twelve, after falling in love with classic romantic poetry by William Shakespeare and John Milton, Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote her first book of poetry. Although tragedy abounded throughout her life, she was still able to create the beloved romantic poetry we read today.
3. Lord Byron
Lord Byron was an Anglo-Scottish poet that was a leading figure during the romantic poetry movement. He led a flamboyant, lavish and extravagant lifestyle and travelled all over Europe. Lord Byron wrote romantic poetry during the early 1800’s and created some of today’s most popular poems. Among these are Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Lord Byron was not only one of the greatest romantic poets of all time, he was also a nobleman. He became the sixth Baron Byron of Rochdale.
2. John Keats
John Yeats, one of the greatest of the romantic poets, was an English poet. Not only was he a part of the second generation of romantic poets, he was an integral figure. Unfortunately, John Yeats’ poems did not earn the recognition they deserved until after his death. His romantic poetry was not well received during the early 1800’s and his poems were looked down upon while he was alive. That did not, however, stop him from creating what is now some of the best classical romantic poetry ever. This now beloved romantic poet created some of the most popular romantic odes that we read and study today.
1. William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare is the greatest romantic poets of all time. Along with his endless list of plays, William Shakespeare wrote many poems during his career from the 1500’s into the early 1600’s. He invented thousands of words, which he used in his works. Although his personal life remains shrouded in mystery, there is one thing we can be sure of. William Shakespeare was and still is the greatest romantic poet. His sonnets are beautiful and moving. To this day, they are still making number one on nearly every list of top ten romantic poems that we can find.
There are many great poets. Above are only a few of the classic romantic poets that we have come to love. I hope you enjoyed reading about the Top 10 Greatest Romantic Poets ever until 2017.