The Romantic era was not only characterised by its emphasis on emotion, imagination, individualism and nature; it was also a time of revolution and protest. British Romanticism can be seen as a time of literary and philosophical revolutions, as well as political and socio-economic ones. Interestingly, the era also witnessed the growing importance of women in poetry who engaged with political concerns and various social issues. Female poets tried to raise their voices through literature and used poetry as a medium of writing back and breaking with traditions. Women writers rebelled against patriarchal society, started fighting for equality and independence and tried to evoke social and political change.
Between 1780 and 1830, no fewer than 400 women were publishing in England; however, the Romantic canon only included the ‘big six and other male poets for most of the 20th century. Therefore, this thesis highlights the impact of revolutionary women writers, who have been marginalised in traditional literary history and have been excluded from the literary canon. It aims to explore how they dealt with significant social and political issues of their time. Furthermore, the thesis shows how these female poets revolutionized British poetry and culture and tries to increase the readers awareness of the role and function of literature and its immeasurable influence on society. In order to attain these objectives I conduct a historical and cultural analysis of the Romantic period in Britain and use close readings of prominent Romantic poems written by women writers to substantiate my thesis.