Teachers need not "romanticize" about how they might start this literary unit. Here's the perfect handout that touches upon the most important concepts of the time period. A comprehensive list of important Romanticism characteristics, as well as a definitions for such words civil disobedience, self-reliance, materialism, Party of Hope, nonconformist, and more, are included in this two-page ditto. It also identifies traits of the Romantic hero as well as the Dark Romantics. It's the perfect way to engage students as they prepare to read literary pieces from this wonderful era.