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Transcript of Transcendentalism
a literary movement
a way of being
Characteristics of Transcendentalism
Henry David Thoreau went to live out the Transcendental lifestyle, alone, in an isolated area near Walden Pond
In the 1800s, literature in America experienced a rebirth called the New England Renaissance
Established a clear American voice.
Transcendentalism and Romanticism were both a part of this
believed in living closer to nature
saw the need for intellectual companions
believed in the unity of all things through an "Over Soul"
insisted on a break from tradition and custom
considered man's relationship to God a personal matter
self-trust and self-reliance
Important voices in this movement:
Ralph Waldo Emerson (the philosopher and teacher)
Henry David Thoreau (the student and practitioner)
Goal of the movement
: to have individuals "transcend" to a higher spiritual level by seeking spiritual, not material, greatness and the essential truths of life through intuition.