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