World changing events in the late 18th century - from the French Revolution via American Independence - instigated a new movement in the art, literature and thinking of Britain: The Romantics.
On this site you can find out more about the poets that forged that movement. Listen now, or download for later, exclusive readings of the major works by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats and Clare.
Presenter Peter Ackroyd introduces the Romantic period and makes his case for why the poems still matter today.
His radical views on art and poetry challenged the assumptions of the day.