What is the reason behind calling some Romantic poets minor Romantic poets?

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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My belief in why some Romantic poets are called minor poets is that they either did not follow enough of the conventions of the Romantic movement or ideas the Romantic poets believed in, or their body of work simply did not live up to the expectations of the world of Romantic poets.  Look at which poets you are studying who are called minor and contrast them with a major writer like Wordsworth.  What are the differences and similarities in their body of work? What is their emphasis on feeling, liberalism, and imagination?