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Romanticism web quest

Romanticism Web Quest

A search for meaning in our lives……


  • You must answer each question in complete sentences.

  • You must use your own words and may not copy directly from the source.

  • Any attempt to copy from another student will result in loss of credit.

  • You must submit each portion on the due-date to receive full credit.

  • If you are absent, you are responsible for making up the required slides on your own time.

  • No work will be accepted for any portion of the webquest in the event of an unexcused absence.

Slide 1 american romantic movement 1800 1865
Slide 1--American Romantic Movement1800-1865

Question 1: What were some of the main beliefs of the writers, artists and thinkers of the Romantic Age? List and explain 8 that you find most interesting.




Slide 2 differences between the age of enlightenment and the romantic age
Slide 2-Differences between the Age of Enlightenment and the Romantic Age

Question 2: In your own words, write a list of 10-12 of the most significant differences between the two periods. Be sure to look up any words that you do not understand. (Make two columns. “Age of Enlightenment” and “Romantic Age.” You may use phrases instead of complete sentences for this question.)

Age of Enlightenment Romantic Age

--People care more --People care more about

about logic and reason emotions and feelings than

than they do about they do about logic and reason

emotions and feelings.


  • Important:

    Scroll down to “American Romanticism” for this link.


Slide 3 famous american romantics
Slide 3—Famous American Romantics Romantic Age

Question 3—Who were the most famous American Romantic Era writers? Find three American Romantic writers and for each writer describe/summarize his/her style and main contributions in 3-5 sentences.

  • (Authors are listed on the left navigation bar)

  • (Important---Scroll past British---American writers are at the bottom, male and female.)


Slide 4 art essentials
Slide 4: Art Essentials Romantic Age

  • You are going to analyze works of Romantic art in the next slide, so you will need to learn the terminology and have the tools to understand the art you will be analyzing. Go to the Artist’s Toolkit . Then, in YOUR WORDS, explain each of the following: line, color, space, shape, balance and movement.

Slide 5 art in the romantic era
Slide 5--Art in the Romantic Era Romantic Age

Question 4--What were some of the major characteristics of Romantic paintings? After looking at the paintings on these websites, see if you can find patterns or similarities in what and how these artists paint. In a well-developed PIE paragraph, write about your observations about Romantic tendencies in art; ie. Subject matter, use of color, style, space, shape and balance, movement and rhythm. Be sure to support your claims with details from individual paintings; in other words, reference painting titles and use very specific details to illustrate your point.



  • The Basic of Romantic Art | The Art of Manliness


Slide 6 music of the romantic era
Slide 6--Music of the Romantic Era Romantic Age

Question 5-- You will need to use headphones for this section. They will be in a box in the lab. Listen to 8-10 different compositions, listening for patterns, traits, similarities, etc., in the pieces. Then, write a PIE paragraph in which you describe two-three characteristics of Romantic music. Please use specific details and refer to the individual pieces to support your points.





    Here are some sites that have links; however, they have been blocked by the District. You may listen at home though.



Slide 7 poetry of the american romantics
Slide 7--Poetry of the American Romantics Romantic Age

Question 6-- Read several poems from three-four different Romantic poets. Review your notes from Slide 1, which covers the Romantic elements. As you read each poem, write down some of the similarities you see in theme, subject matter, style, etc. Be sure to give specific examples of each Romantic trait you find. You should identify at least 5 similarities. Remember: Use complete sentences!

  • Dickinson

  • Bryant

  • E. A. Poe

  • Whitman

  • Longfellow

  • Whittier

  • Lowell

  • Holmes

Slide 8 romantic short stories
Slide 8--Romantic Short Stories Romantic Age

  • Question 7--- Listen to an audio recording or read the text of two Romantic short stories (check the cart). Using the list you created in Slide 1, Question 1, describe in great detail the way in which each story reflects three-four Romantic elements and themes. You should write two paragraphs, one for each short story. And, as always, you must support each claim with specific details from the story.

  • (Audio)

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  • (Text)

  • (Text: Note---you may not read “The Masque of the Red Death.”

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Slide 8 comparative analysis final essay
Slide 8--Comparative Analysis (Final Essay) Romantic Age

  •  Here are the essay requirements:

  • Compare one or two Romantic elements in two different works, one of which MUST be a Romantic poem (ie., a poem and a painting, or a poem and a musical composition.)

  • Your paper should include a brief introduction which gives the titles and authors/painters/composers of the pieces and states the way in which the two works reflect similar Romantic elements.

  • Use VERY specific supportive detail to illustrate your opinion.  For example, you must use lines from the poem or story and very descriptive examples of the art or music, such as "the painter uses deep, monochromatic colors like brown, beige and tan with very little brightness or light in the piece."  You must put the "I" in the PIE to receive more than 60% on this assignment. 

  • Cite your sources on a Works Cited page.  See the Wiki Home Page for more information, or use a website such as 

Writing help and materials
Writing Help and Materials Romantic Age