19th Century Romantic Poetry Vocabulary

Repudiate
To reject; to renounce; to have nothing to do with

Epitome
The perfect example of something, a paradigm

Capricious
Unpredictable; likely to change at any moment

Transitory
Fleeting

Transient
Temporary; fleeting; transitory

Evanescent
Fleeting; vanishing; happening for the briefest period (transitory, transient)

Dichotomy
Division into two parts, especially contradictory ones

To juxtapose
To place side by side

To appall – appalling
Causing horror or consternation

Hapless
Unlucky

Comprehensive
Covering or including everything

Inane
Senseless; silly

To induce
To persuade; to influence; to cause

To censure
To condemn severely for doing something bad

Indolence, indolent
Lazy

To ascertain
To determine with certainty; to find out definitely

Arbitrary
Random; capricious

Solace
Comfort; consolation

Piety
Reverence; devotion

Stagnant
Standing still, as water; motionless; inactive

Sordid
Vile; filthy; squalid

Jocund
Cheerful, pleasant

Impetuous
Rash, over-impulsive

To deprecate
To express disapproval of

Sinuous
Winding, twisting

Chasm
A deep, gaping hole; a gorge

Tumult
Noisy confusion

To expiate
To make amends for; to atone for

Archaic
Extremely old; ancient; outdated

Epigram
A brief and usually witty or satirical saying

Sardonic
Mocking, scornful

Posthumous
Occurring after one’s death; published or gaining fame after the death of the author

Maverick
A nonconformist; a rebel

To espouse
To support; to advocate

Visage
Face, appearance

Zenith
Highest point, peak, pinnacle

Sepulcher
Tomb

Dirge
Song of mourning

Surmise, to surmise
To guess