First, you should briefly refresh your memory of what life was during the Romantic Period from 1785-1830. Use these sites: http://www2.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/romantic/welcome.htm
as well as your notes to review what we have already discussed in class. Focus on the many changes that were taking place during this time and then imagine how these changes may have effected society.
Next, use this site http://www.tnellen.com/cybereng/lit_terms/ to review or become familiar with some literary devices that are often used in literature and specifically in this case, poetry. The terms you should know are: alliteration, apostrophe, chiasmus, diction, emulation, imagery, metaphor, metonymy, mood, oxymoron, personification, point of view, ryhme scheme, rhythm, simile, theme, and tone. Familiarizing yourself with these mechanisms will help you to better understand the poetry of the Romantics which you will soon be encountering!
After reviewing the literary terminology, get into groups of 4 and read the three poems below which are by three of the most important literary figures of the time. In your groups you need to thoroughly discuss the work. Identify the connection these works display with the characteristics of the Romantic Period, specifically referring to the purpose poetry served as an outlet for society in regards to the industrial changes that were taking place.
Be sure to do these three things:
1. Identify the connection these works display with the characteristics of the Romantic Period (specifically referring to the purpose poetry served as an outlet for society in regards to the industrial changes that were taking place and/or the characteristics of "Nature Poetry")
2. Find and identify literary devices used and the purpose they serve.
3. Closely read the poems giving attention to each line individually and its purpose in the work as a whole.
Ode to the West Wind By: Percy Shelley
The Daffodils By: William Wordsworth
To Autumn By: John Keats
Now the real thinking cap needs to go on...
Finally, you must now pretend YOU are living during the Romantic era (1775-1830). You need to try & release yourself from the extensive technology that you living in the 21st century are exposed to... and imagine its introduction into the simplistic society.
Now you are a Romantic poet and want to write a poem that can serve as an outlet for your views about your changing society and how Nature is being effected by these advances. Or you may simply write a poem about Nature and scenery. However, be sure to include elements that relate to this period. Also, be sure to include literary devices to help strengthen your ideas such as similes, metaphors, etc. Let the information you have learned and poems you have read guide you but be original -use your own thoughts. Be creative and have fun!
Maybe these images will help you brainstorm: