Dark Romanticism: from Byron to Baudelaire

In case you’re in a gothic mood, here are five dark romantics to go and snuggle down with.

  1. Lord Byron – George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron (January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824) was an English poet of the Romantic school, who was easily the most popular and controversial poet of his time. He was famously described by Lady Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” That sums up Byron’s life and popularity. New World Encyclopedia
  2. Edgar Allan Poe – Many consider Edgar Allan Poe to be the seminal dark romantic author. Many of his works are generally considered part of the genre.[8] Poe strongly disliked Transcendentalism. New World Encyclopedia
  3. Charles Baudelaire charles-baudelaire-quotes-1613
  4. E. T. A. Hoffman – Although Hoffmann himself was not particularly religious, he was nevertheless so strongly impressed by the life and atmosphere on a visit to a monastery of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, that he determined to write the novel in that religious setting. Characteristically for Hoffmann, he wrote the entire novel in only a few weeks. The Devil’s Elixirs is described by some literary critics as fitting into the Gothic novel genre (called Schauerroman in German).[1] It can be classified in the subgenre of dark romanticismRevolvy
  5. Mary Shelley – Lord Byron and Mary Shelley questioned the likelihood of redemption through a spiritual union of the human consciousness with the supernatural. They were uncertain if man’s knowledge and creativity would cause his salvation or his downfall. University of Delaware Library Read Frankenstein in full for free here.
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