American Romanticism

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American Romantic Movement

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American Romanticism
1 Literary Works:
1.1 Edgar Allan Poe: Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Black Cat,
1.2 James Russell Lowell: She Came and Went
1.3 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The Cross of Snow
1.4 Washington Irving: The Devil and Tom Walker
1.5 William Cullen Bryant: Thanatopsis
2 Literary Devices
2.1 plot, setting, exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, imagery, metaphor, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, hyperbole, internal rhyme, external rhyme, allusion, theme
3 Characteristics of traditional American Romantic Writing
3.1 full of emotion, promotes love of nature and distrust of city life, creative, focuses on - idealism/natural goodness of man and the importance of self/individual freedom, reaction against the beliefs of the Rationalism - values feelings over reason, subjects included - love, death, humanity, patriotism (Fireside Poets popular), poetry valued as the highest form of the imagination
3.2 The Romantic Hero
3.2.1 young (or at least acts young), innocent and pure, sense of honor higher than society’s honor, has knowledge of people and life based on a deep understanding rather than education, loves nature, quests for a higher truth
4 Dark Romanticism
4.1 subgenre of American Romanticism, less optimistic about mankind/God/nature, features the bizarre/supernatural/macabre/mysterious/terrifying, themes often focus on the shortcomings/flaws of mankind
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