Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe is an all-around well known American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe was most known for his poetry, short stories, and tales of horror and mystery. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809 and started writing at the age of 18. In 1836 he married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. He had many influences, styles, and accomplishments.
In the introduction Blanning argues that, besides the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, the Romantic Revolution was as, if not more, important, and just as radical and extensive. He then sets out to prove his point in a very rational setting. In his introduction, Blanning writes that the only way one can hope to understand Romanticism is ‘to enter the world of the romantics by the routes they chose themselves.’ His argument is that in order to fully appreciate Romanticism, one must know, or at least experience, its many appearances in literature, art and music. The book is filled with references to the iconic paintings, operas and novels that were born during the Romantic era. Chapter one 'The Crisis of the Age of Reason ', deals with the beginnings of romanticism, the radical shift it caused from an unoriginal event to an expressive visual, how it led to the cult of the artist genius and these same
Although Oliver’s inspiration for her writing was the majestic nature surrounding her house, she writes as if she were a romantic poet from centuries ago. Her writing displays the main characteristics of the time period, proving that romanticism is her style of writing. Mary Oliver’s primary inspiration for her poems was the Romantic Tradition and she uses romanticism characteristics, as well as nature and poetic devices, as her driving force in her poems. Romantic tradition, or romanticism, was an intellectual and artistic movement in the late eighteenth century that had a strong focus on emotion, imagination, and freedom that took place in classic art forms. (Restoration Europe) Mary Oliver’s works were influenced from the characteristics of this time period in history and the evidence of romanticism is evident throughout her poems.
During the 19th century, several literary movements had shaped the archetype of heroes that existed in the literature around the world. This includes Romanticism which puts emphasis on the deep emotions and feelings of the characters, instead of placing high regard on rational thinking and systematized thoughts. Some of the most notable authors that utilized Romanticism on their masterpieces where Victor Hugo, Mary Shelley, Camillo Castelo, Branco, and Lord Byron ("The Nineteenth Century, Romanticism"). Furthermore, Dark- Romanticism, which focused on the negative side of men, which is vile and sinful, was also upheld during the 1880’s. Significantly, it arose from the Transcendental Philosophical Movement that was widespread in the 19th century
When focusing clearly on literary devices such as tone, repetition, imagery, and allusions, the audience may understand clearly the reasoning to wy these poems were written. Whitman’s poems were highly based on events from the Civil War which explains the history of the United States from a different perspective. Focusing on the literary devices above not only gives one the visualization of how the Nation was built, but how devastating it was
Bennett (2005) pairs Walt Whitman and Frances Ellen Watkins. The former is the most famous poet of the “American Renaissance” and the latter, “an African American woman who has been remembered, if at all, as the author of postbellum dialect poetry and the late-nineteenth-century novel Iola Leroy” (M. Bennett 45). Although the two figures may seem to different to compare, they share “common discursive terrain based on their consuming interest in the intersection between the private bodies of the nation’s inhabitants and the public democratic body of which they were a part—a relationship highlighted and troubled by the struggle over slavery”. Both poets extend “formal democracy to the realm of body politics and control over one’s own sexuality”
The Castle of Otranto was regarded as a mixture of various literary genres: melodrama, fable, romance, and folklore. In the preface, Walpole claims that he tries to ʻ blend of the two kinds of romance the ancient and the modern’. The ancient – ‘all imagination and improbability’, and the modern governed by the ‘rules of probability’ connected with ‘common life’. Jerrold E. Hogle argues that the early gothic fiction is a “post-medieval and even post- renaissance phenomenon”, due to the medieval setting: “Belonging to, or characteristic of, the Middle Ages; medieval, ‘romantic’, as opposed to classical… Belonging to the ‘dark ages’”.
Historical Historical Romance involves works that evoked the past within people, they usually take place in times long past and appear romantic due to the adventure and wilderness of the time. It provides value and meaning to the lifestyle of the characters. Popular works that fit the model of this sub-genre are Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott and The Last of the Mohicans. Contemporary Contemporary Romance focuses on a primary love relationship that usually ends with a happy ending. There are two ways these romance pieces are written: as a series or category romance (the author writes a succession of books that fit a theme or follow a storyline) or as a single-title romance.
William Wordsworth: Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey Romanticism was a movement, stem from Europe in the late 18th century. This movement made a huge impact on the various branches of art, such as painting, music, dance, but most importantly on literature. The key figures of romanticism in English Literature were: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and William Wordsworth. The turning point in literary history was in 1789 when Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote Lyrical Ballads, a collection of poems which was a revolution in English poetic style. The important aspects during the composition of these poems were that the incidents and agents had to be supernatural and that the subjects had to be chosen from ordinary life.
William Shakespeare: Life and Influence “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”― William Shakespeare, All 's Well That Ends Well. William Shakespeare 's early life and experiences help shape his writings. His sometimes extravagant metaphors and narcissistic outlook was influenced by an early life in a theoretically based culture in theaters prime in London England during the late 1500s- early 1600s. His rise to fame brought some of the most influential plays and sonnets of all time. Arguably one of the most influential writers in all of existence, William Shakespeare 's work is continuing to be told and inspires similar works throughout American literary works today.
American Romanticism emerged after America gained it’s independence from Britain. The movement began in Europe and quickly spread across the world. As American literature and art transitioned from Puritanism to Romanticism, God and religion were not the main ideas of these things anymore. Romantic pieces tended to focus on the beauty of nature, imagination, and emotion. Authors like Henry Longfellow would write uplifting romanticized pieces.
Romanticism is the artistic and literary movement that happened in the 18th century. Romanticism affected other ideologies in its days such as nationalism, liberalism, and conservatism. Romanticism related closer to nationalism than any other ideology. Romantics had an interest in the cultural, literary, and historical roots of national identity. In Poland and the Balkans, romantic writers and artists helped nationalists create a common culture and a history of their nations.
During the 18th century many countries throughout Europe went through a period that would forever change the way they thought about society, politics, philosophy, science, and even religion - such period was better known as the Enlightenment or Age of Reason. After the Thirty Year’s War, which lasted from 1618 to 1648, several German writers wrote frankly about the perishes of war, criticized the ideas of nationalism and warfare that led to such terrible times for the people. Among such authors were Hugo Grotius and John Comenius, who were of the first Enlightenment minds to go against tradition and propose better solutions. Enlightenment thinkers in Britain, in France and throughout Europe questioned traditional authority and embraced the notion that humanity could be improved through rational change. The Enlightenment produced numerous books, essays, inventions, scientific discoveries, laws, wars and revolutions.