Sir Walter Scott Questions and Answers

Start Your Free Trial

Why is Sir Walter Scott considered a great writer of Romantic verse tales?

Expert Answers info

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write2,050 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

First of all, we must understand that Scott was a "Romanticist," with a capital "R." Romanticism was a literary movement of the late 18th century which heavily emphasized the importance of nature and man's emotions and imagination in conjunction with, and in response to, the natural world. Be aware, too, that "Romanticism" does not always mean nice or pleasant. The natural world is often brutal and at odds with man. 

Scott was (arguably) the first true international literary celebrity, finding readership and fame not only in Europe but also in North American and Australia. His works, such as Ivanhoe the tale of a knight on a quest, remain popular to this...

(The entire section contains 341 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial