American Romanticism Literature Resources
Welcome to American Romanticism Online! We have a variety of resources available for students and teachers. Feel free to browse our collection of authors, or visit “Romanticism Overview” to take a look at the period with some examples of artwork and music.This lesson will give you a better understanding of some of the key concepts underpinning the works of our Romantic authors. Feel free to begin your tour here, or use this page as a handy reference for other parts of your research. All of our educational resources are centered around the following essential questions about American Romanticism:
- How did the social, political and environmental realities of the late-1700′s and early-1800′s contribute to the development of American Romanticism?
- How have American Romantic authors contributed to the development of contemporary philosophies and popular culture?
- How do the individual texts of American Romantic authors work against each other to complicate a singular definition of American Romanticism?
Free Texts from Romantic Authors
Click on the pictures of the authors below to read some of their most famous and influential works. All of the texts are annotated with helpful definitions and identifications of key literary
Full Texts by Edgar Allan Poe
- “The Raven” (1855) with summary, annotations and illustrations by Gustave Dore
- “The Masque of the Red Death (1845) with summary and annotations
Born: December 10, 1830
Died: May 15, 1886
Full Texts by Emily Dickinson
- “A Bird Came down the Walk” (1890) with summary
- “Because I could not stop for Death” (1891) with summary and annotations
Henry David Thoreau
Born: July 12, 1817
Died: May 6, 1862
Full Texts by Henry David Thoreau
- “Economy” from Walden with summary and annotations
- “Resistance to Civil Government with summary and annotations
Born: May 31, 1819
Long Island, NY
Died: March 26, 1892
Full Texts by Walt Whitman
- “I Hear America Singing” with summary and annotations
- “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” with summary and annotations
- “O Captain! My Captain!” with summary and annotations
Standards Based Lesson Plans
For different authors and selected texts, American Romanticism Online has created and collected lesson plans to enrich classrooms for students and teachers. Our lesson plans provide teachers with solid and flexible instructional strategies to increase the comprehension of American Romantic literature and art.
Edgar Allan Poe Lesson Plans
Emily Dickinson Lesson Plans
Henry David Thoreau Lesson Plans
Walt Whitman Lesson Plans
Interactive Quizzes and Assessments
American Romanticism Online works hard to create interactive assessment tools for students and teachers. Have your students take our quizzes online, or download them and use them in class. We have created assessments with differing difficulty levels, so encourage your students to reach Level 3 before moving on.
- Edgar Allan Poe Quizzes: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3
- Emily Dickinson Quizzes: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3
- Henry David Thoreau Quizzes: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3
- Walt Whitman Quizzes: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3