18th Century Poets

The late 18th Century saw the birth of Romanticism. Influenced by revolutions in America and France the Romantic poetsoffered a radical development in poetry. The poetry of the Romantics was less constrained and more individualistic. Often the Romantics such as William Wordsworth gained their inspiration from nature rather than conventional religion. The poetry of William Blake is perhaps the most outstanding from this period, often he delved into mystical themes rarely touched upon by previous British Poets.

In India there was a resurgence in the bhakti religion. The Hindu poets,Kamalakanta and Ramprasad Sen composed moving songs and poetry in devotion to the Divine Mother Kali.

18th Century Poets


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Overview of 18th Century English Poetry