What were the main types and characteristics of literature during the Romantic period?

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Literature in all genres was composed during the Romantic period. Perhaps the form of literature most associated with the Romantic movement is poetry. Romantic poets composed long narrative works, such as Byron’s Bride of Abydos, The Giaour, and Don Juan or Wordsworth’s Prelude, but are also renowned for shorter pieces that have become classics school texts such as Shelley’s “To a Skylark” or “Ozymandias” or Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan.” The Gothic novel of authors such as Anne Radcliffe’s Udolpho and Walpole’s Castle of Otranto. What many of these have in common is exotic settings, intense emotional peaks, and protagonists or narrators with an unusual or “outsider|” viewpoint. Distinguished non-fiction authors include Thomas de Quincey and Leigh Hunt.