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QUIZ: How Would You Die in the Romantic Era?

The Romantic poets did everything with flair, so it makes sense that they died with flair too. It wasn’t enough for Lord Byron to die of a fever; he had to die of a VIOLENT FEVER. Percy Bysshe Shelley couldn’t just pass away peacefully at home; he had to drown in a shipwreck that has since been attributed to either storms (likely) or pirates (unlikely but definitely cool).

So if you were living in the 1800s, and if you were embracing the aesthetic of the sublime alongside the likes of Shelley and Byron, how would you be most likely to go? Let’s find out.

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