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American romanticism

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Brief report on American Romanticism

Brief report on American Romanticism

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  • 1. Megan Casilla Jyzette Alex Hermitanio Nam Seo Hui Lovely Pamela Serran Faith Obinarrio
  • 2. Romanticism Defined • Romanticism does not refer to ‘love’ as a subject matter, rather it is an international and philosophical movement that redefined the fundamental ways of how man thought about themselves and their surroundings. • F.O Matthiessen termed the American Romanticism as ‘American Renaissance’
  • 3. • British Romanticism is similar to American Romanticism. British Romanticism is the parent of the American literary movement but differences between the two is easily distinguished.
  • 4. British Contrast American
  • 5. British American
  • 6. • Father of American Romanticism • The importance of expressive art for the individual and the society: “For all men live by truth, and stand in need of expression the man is only half of himself, the other half is his expression.”
  • 7. • Romanticism was introduced by German artists. • There is nothing romantic about romanticism • They are artistic movement that gave way to the opening of literary history for new movements • Romanticism is a movement that revolts against Neoclassicism • Romanticism dwells on man and nature; they celebrate the function of the intuition and the imagination, the metaphysical, revolutionary, individualism and the spontaneous rather than reason and morals, objectivity, traditional, social conformity and control.
  • 8. • Emotional Intensity. The heart and the mind lead the writer into writing a good piece of literature. • Common Man as the hero. Literary pieces of this time concentrate more on putting the real flawed man into an extraordinary— if not out of the ordinary— situation.
  • 9. • Nature as a source of spirituality and knowledge. American romanticism sees nature as the source of intellect and knowledge. • Self-idealism, honor and integrity. This gave way to the first-person poetry. The poetic speaker became less of a character but more of a direct observation of the poet. In some occasions, the artist became the hero of the piece.
  • 10. • Macabre, irrational, Mysterious Universe. It is through intense emotions from the unknown that human nature is emphasized.
  • 11. • American frontier expansion allowed for expansion and freedom. It is in the expansion of British colonials to the west. • Uncharted land invoked spirit of optimism. This seemingly vast and limitless land owned my colonials gave them the opportunity to expand more across the horizon. • New cultures and perspectives brought by immigration. Britons, Irish, Danish, etc. also moved to America.
  • 12. • Industrial growth in the north separates agrarian south. Industrial Revolution that left the rest of Latin American in economic progress. • Search for new spiritual roots . The culture of the Natives began to play an impact on the literature of the time.
  • 13. • Industrial growth in the north separates agrarian south. Industrial Revolution that left the rest of Latin American in economic progress. • Search for new spiritual roots . The culture of the Natives began to play an impact on the literature of the time.
  • 14. • James Fenimore Cooper - Last of the Mohicans, Red Rover • Emily Dickinson - Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Wild Nights! Wild Nights! • Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature, The Conduct of Life • Margaret Fuller - Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Papers on Literature and Art
  • 15. • Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter, House of Seven Gables • Washington Irving - Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Song of Hiawatha, Midnight Ride of Paul Revere • Herman Melville - Moby Dick • Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven, A Dream Within a Dream, Fall of the House of Usher • Henry David Thoreau - Walden, Civil Disobedience • Walt Whitman - Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself
  • 16. • Herman Melville - Moby Dick • Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven, A Dream Within a Dream, Fall of the House of Usher • Henry David Thoreau - Walden, Civil Disobedience • Walt Whitman - Leaves of Grass, Song of Myself
  • 17. Source Unpublished material copyright © 1997 by Dr. Brad Strickland, Department of English, Gainesville College, Gainesville, GA 305 03 (USA). Permission is granted to reproduce, distribute, or alter this material for educational purposes.

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