1. Research. You will be designated as an expert in a theme and genre.  Below is a table that shows all of the 16 possible experts in the class.  There may be up to 2 students with the same areas of expertise.  Your objective is to research the provided websites and discuss with experts in your same genre (e.g. poetry) and theme (e.g. nature) to discover which features typify your genre and theme.  

 Your name will be called at random for your opportunity to sign up.  Once every square is filled in, you may sign up as the second expert in a particular genre and theme.  There may be no more than 2 names in each square.



Visual Art

William Blake, "The Tyger"

Henry Fuseli: Master of Gothic Romanticism

Blake and Fuseli's works

William Blake, "The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun"  

Francisco Goya, "The Witches Sabbath" Explanation

William Blake,  "The Ghost of a Flea"


Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "Erlkonig"  Music. Lyrics

Hector Berlioz, "Symphonie Fantastique, 5th Movement" Music Video. Explanation


John Keats, "This Living Hand" 

Robert Burns, "Tam O'Shanter"

Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven"


Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Edgar Allan Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado,"  "The Pit and The Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Henry James, The Turn of the Screw


Visual Art

Beaumont "Picture of Peele Castle in a Storm" Open link, then click view larger image

Romanticism Art History

James Whistler's "Nocturnes" Art.  This page contains James Whistler's work and various artists from the romantic period  Scroll down the page to: James Whistler's "Nocturne: Blue and Gold, Old Battersea Bridge"  

J.M.W. Turner. Webmuseum.


Beethoven "Pastoral" symphony. Music Video. Explanation.

Chopin "Raindrop Prelude" Music Video. Explanation.

Beethoven "Moonlight" Sonata. Music VideoExplanation.

Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, 3rd Movement. Music Video. Explanation.


William Wordsworth, "Elegiac Stanzas"  "Lines Written in Early Spring," "Nutting"

John Clare, "The Cuckoo," "Clock-o-clay," "All Nature Has a Feeling"

John Keats, "On the Cricket and the Grasshopper," "Bright Star"

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Endymion," "The Sound of the Sea"


Henry David Thoreau "Solitude (from Walden)".  Thoreau Home Reader . Thoreau Reader Annotated.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter.


Visual Art

John Henry Fuseli, "Lady Macbeth" "Percival Delivering Belisane from the Enchantment of Urma"

Gustav Wappers, The Belgian Romantic

Eugene Delacroix, "Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha"


Ludwig van Beethoven "Eroica" Symphony. Music Video. Explanation

Johannes Brahms, 3rd Symphony.  Music Video. Explanation.

Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique, 1st Movement. Music VideoExplanation.

Richard Wagner, "Tannhauser, Act 1: Tannhauser and Venus." Synopsis.



George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Don Juan" (excperts), "The Giaour" (Excerpts)

Edgar Allan Poe,  "Annabel Lee" Poem with a Study Guide

William Wordsworth, "She was a Phantom of Delight"

Walt Whitman, "O Captain! My Captain!" "As if a Phantom Caress'd Me"


Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

E.T.A. Hoffman, "The Mines at Falun"

Innocence vs Experience

Visual Art

Friedrich Overbeck, Romantic Agenda 

William Blake, "Songs of Innocence and Experience," Blake Archive.


Hector Berlioz, "Symphonie Fantastique, 4th Movement," Music VideoExplanation.

Richard Wagner, "Tannhauser: Overture." Synopsis.


Blake  Overview.  "Songs of Innocence," "Songs of Experience"

Wordsworth, "The Prelude: Boy of Winander," "We are Seven

Edgar Allan Poe, "El Dorado"


Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein 

Henry James, The Turn of the Screw

2. Collaboration. 

During this phase of the project, you will meet with other experts in your genre to describe your research findings and then discuss similarities and differences between the works.  You will discuss what is typical of Romantic literature or art in your genre.  Then you will be given an opportunity to meet with the other experts in you theme, who will be working with you to design a museum wing.  You will report your findings and discuss similarities and differences between the works in your common theme. 

3. Museum Design. In this phase, you will work with the other experts in your theme to research and develop a design for your wing of the museum.  Example  This will require you to learn the basics of museum curating. Classroom Museum

Write out "the 4 interior design basic steps" mentioned in Interior Design Basics to create a museum proposal, which must be approved by the museum contractor (your teacher) before construction may begin on your museum wing.

4. Museum Construction & Docent Preparation.  Take A Tour Begin converting your section of the classroom into a stimulating museum environment.  You may attach meaningful images and printed excerpts of key passages on walls, set up a laptop station with video, music, and slide shows, display books, set up your own lighting with lamps brought from home, re-arrange passageways, etc.  You must also train yourselves to be docents by preparing speeches and rehearsed poetry and literature performances.  Type out these prepared speeches for submission to the museum contractor (your teacher). 

5. Museum Opening Preview! It's the night before the grand opening of the Modern Museum of Romanticism!  Tonight is a one-night only private viewing of the galleries open to all of the people who have helped in the construction and development of the museum.  This staff only event will be highlighted by docent presentations in which every expert will explain the key features of his or her genre and how it relates to Romanticism as a whole.  Prepare to be intrigued and enlightened! 



How to conduct your research:

1.Using primary sources.

Some web resources may be the actual pieces of art, music, poetry, or prose that may be included in your project. You may want to consider using the guide, located here.

For visual art experts, here is a process guide for how to view an image thoughtfully.

2. Using secondary sources based on provided web pages. 

To evaluate web pages for content, here is a process guide.


How to select your display piece.

1. Determining the most effective and attractive way to display the piece of art.

Visual art, music, poetry, and prose should be displayed within your group's section.  This may include physical objects, computerized images, video, or audio.

2. Determining the order of your "video docent" presentations.

You will need to figure out which order your wing's video will present discussions about the works contained in it.  The order should be able to catch the viewers' attention and draw them into your museum pieces.

3. Collaborating with the other experts in your wing.

In order to come to an agreement with the other experts sharing your wing, here is a guide to help members come to a consensus.



After conferring with experts in other "fields" and with the experts in your own wing (or theme), prepare your exhibit, displaying the four chosen works from your theme.  Create your docent presentation by having visuals, audio, and artifacts to display and prepared speeches of explanation or demonstration, such as live poetry readings performed by your poetry expert.