Romanticism

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Romanticism

  1. 1. 1800-1860s(Includes Early Romantics, Transcendentalism, and the Dark Romantics)
  2. 2. Section 1: “What is the definition for this era?”Unlike the name, this era does not primarily deal with romantic notions like loveThis school of thought originated in Germany
  3. 3.  Reaction against Rationalism, in that it rejects the idea everything in the universe is logical, rational, scientific Romantics value feeling and intuition, including the dark side of human psychology
  4. 4. Section 2:“What are the characteristics of romantic literature?” Places faith in inner-experiences and the power of imagination Shuns the artificiality of civilization and seeks unspoiled nature
  5. 5. Prefers youthful innocence to educated sophisticationChampions individual freedom and the worth of the individual
  6. 6. Contemplates nature’s beauty as a path to spiritual and moral developmentLooks back to the wisdom of the past and distrusts progress
  7. 7.  Finds beauty and truth in exotic locales, the supernatural realm, and the inner world of the imagination Finds inspiration in myth, legend, and folk culture
  8. 8. Section 3 “Major writers and their work”James William Cullen Washington Edgar Allen PoeFennimore Bryant (1st IrvingCooper (1st American poet)Americannovelist)The Deerslayer, “Thanatopsis” “Devil and Tom “The Raven” “FallLast of the Walker,” “Rip Van of the House ofMohicans Winkle” Usher”
  9. 9. Ralph Waldo Henry David Emily Dickinson Walt WhitmanEmerson ThoreauNature ‘Walden” “Because I Could “Song of Myself”“Self-Reliance” “Civil Not Stop for “A Noiseless“Concord Hymn” Disobedience” Death” Patient Spider” ‘I Heard a Fly Buzz”
  10. 10. Section 4: “What was the importance of American Romanticism?” It served as a definitive cultural break from England It created the idea of the “American hero” that persists in our culture today
  11. 11.  The idealized portraits of frontier life coincided with Westward Expansion, the growing sense of nationalism, and the growth of American cities Contained the first important and distinct works of American fiction

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