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Copy of American Romanticism

This powerpoint will introduce you to the five "I"s of American Romanticism

Justin Moore

on 29 January 2013

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Transcript of Copy of American Romanticism

American Romanticism Imagination Intuition Idealism Inspiration 1770-1860 Reaction to Age of Reason Focuses on emotional side
of human nature Who cares about reason, science,
and logic? I just want to be OUTSIDE. I don't
want to think! I just want
to FEEL! Make things up. Discuss the supernatural BE YOURSELF Individualism Be in the moment Be spontaneous Be messy and organic Trust yourself; every heart vibrates to that iron string -Ralph Waldo Emerson Let your heart be your guide. And the world will be a better place for you and me just wait and see American Romantic writers lived by the five "I"s Romanticism's Big Dogs: Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edgar Allan Poe
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau Subdivisions of
Romanticism: Transcendentalism: big in the
1830's and 1840's believed that the spiritual
transcended (or went beyond)
the physical and empirical.
The church doctrines did not
describe an individual's spiritual
state. BIG on God being found
in nature. Some writers didn't really
buy this whole philosophy... The "gothic" writers
liked to look at the
inner reasons, psycholigically
speaking, at what lays behind
a person's motives. Gothic literature is
also known as
"Dark Romanticism" "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." --Thoreau "The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization." --Emerson aphorism: a short saying embodying a general truth, or observation Now get out a sheet of
paper for a short, open-
notes quiz!
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