Mini-Essay and Discussion 5: English Romanticism

Writing Prompt: Imagination and Nature were important elements in the Romantic movement. Choose one of the poems assigned in this module (Wordsworth or Byron) and, for your mini-essay post, write about how the poet uses imaginative thinking or humanity’s relationship to Nature in his work.

Mini-Essays and Discussions: Romanticism

The Mini-Essays (your “new thread” in the discussion) are Gordon Rule assignments. Therefore, you should use your best writing skills when you work on these assignments. Each Mini-Essay and Discussion assignment has three basic requirements:

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1. Prepare: Read the literature that is assignment and take note of its discussion question. Be careful to answer the discussion question for each Mini-Essay. You work needs to be “on topic,” as the saying goes.

2. Write: Adhere to the length requirements for the Mini-Essay and the discussion portion of the assigment. “New Threads” should be at least 300 words in length. As you write, Blackboard will keep track of your word count, so it’s easy to know where you are. After you submit your new thread, you will be able to read the other students’ posts. Reply to at least three other students to earn full credit for the assignment. Replies should be at least 30 words. Keep in mind that this is a short essay assignment, not a paragraph assignment.

3. In-text Citations: If you use a quotation from the literature in your mini-essay, please place an in-text citation (also called a parenthetical citation) immediately after you close the quotation marks and before you place a period for your sentence. That way, anyone in the class (including me!) can easily find the quotation in the literature if necessary. If you’re not sure what to place inside the parentheses, there is some instruction in the handouts for Essays #1 and #2. And, you can always message me for help.

4. Grading: The number of posts and replies you need to get credit are shown in the Grading table below. Keep in mind that the grades in the chart assume that your “new thread” (mini-essay) and “replies” satisfy the length criteria in #2 above. Also, because these mini-essays are Gordon Rule assignments, the grade could go up or down depending on the quality of your writing.

Please note: Only the first new thread, the one you post before reading any other students’ posts is considered to be the mini-essay. Additional new threads will not be graded, so be careful to follow directions and write carefully for your first new thread. Reread your mini-essay before submitting it as you will not be able to revise it.

Description Details Grade
1 new post & 3 replies 100%
1 new post & 2 replies 85%
1 new post & 1 reply 75%
1 new post & 0 replies 65%
No new post 0%

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George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron

George Gordon Byron was born in London, England on January 22, 1788, and named after his maternal grandfather, George Gordon of Gight, a descendent of King James I of Scotland. Byron traveled throughout Europe. According to the Poetry Foundation, “With the death in 1798 of his great-uncle, the “Wicked” fifth Lord Byron, George became the sixth Baron Byron of Rochdale, heir to Newstead Abbey, the family seat in Nottinghamshire. He enjoyed the role of landed nobleman . . .” (para. 4). Known for his scandalous lifestyle, Lord Byron left England forever, on April 15, 1816. He was part of the famous group in Geneva that produced Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s famous gothic novel Frankenstein (1818).

The Poetry Foundation explains his early demise, stating, On 9 April, having been soaked by a heavy rain while out riding, Byron suffered fever and rheumatic pains. By the twelfth he was seriously ill. Repeated bleedings, which he initially resisted, further debilitated him. On Easter Sunday, he entered a comatose state. At six o’clock on the evening of Easter Monday, 19 April 1824, during a violent electrical storm, Byron died . . . .

Byron’s body arrived in England on 29 June, and for two days lay in state in a house in Great George Street, London. On Friday, 16 July 1824, Lord Byron was buried in the family vault beneath the chancel of Hucknall Torkard Church near Newstead Abbey. (para. 53, 55).

Today, he is known now simply as Lord Byron.

Read more about Lord Byron at the Poetry Foundation

Read the Poetry on Bartleby.Com:

She Walks in Beauty

When We Two Parted

Youth and Age

Mini-Essay and Discussion 5 – English Romanticism:

Imagination and Nature were important elements in the Romantic movement.

Choose one of the poems assigned in this module (Wordsworth or Byron) and, for your new discussion post, write a short essay of at least 300 words that points out and explains how the poet uses imaginative thinking of humanity’s relationship to Nature. Keep in mind that this new post is a Gordon Rule assignment, meaning that the quality of your writing as well as the length will be considered during the evaluation/grading process. Then, reply to at least 3 of your classmates to get full credit for this assignment. Replies can be 30-40 words.

Works Cited

“Lord Byron (George Gordon).” The Poetry Foundation. The Poetry Foundation. n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014.
Phillips, Thomas. Lord Byron. 1823. Newstead Abby, Nottinghamshire. Wikimedia Commons. Web 21 Dec. 2014.

The Romantic Period


The Romantic Era was in response to the tenets of The Enlightenment. Where Enlightenment ideals focused on reason, the ideals of the new periods focused on understanding the world though one’s senses, feelings, and imagination. There was a renewed interest in natural settings and Nature as opposed to urban surroundings.

Rather than an interest in science and technology, the mysterious and infinite were emphasized. Poets of the period believed that Nature – with a capital N – in general and the nature of humanity were idealized and that the common ills of contemporary society were caused by the difficulties of city life. Also, the Romantic poets were inspired by England’s Medieval past, which seemed like a Golden Age compared to the urbanization and industrialization around them.

The ideals of Romanticism affected novelists, like Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) who wrote the Romantic gothic novel Frankenstein in 1818, composers like Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827), and a variety of artists . The poems you will study in this module, exemplify this emphasis on Nature, emotions, and the imagination. Romanticism spread throughout Europe and, later, the United States.

Read more about art at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Read about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley at the Encyclopædia Britannica

Read more about Ludwig von Beethoven also at the Encyclopædia Brittanica

Last Updated on August 19, 2020 by Essay Pro