Romanticism occurred much earlier, around the end of the 18th century, but was mostly dominant around 1840. Both philosophies were very similar to each other since the two movements were a reaction against the contemporary strict traditions, laws, and religious rules. They both placed a huge emphasis on the individual as well as inspiration from nature. In the following, I will discuss American Transcendentalism and Romanticism in relation to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay ‘The American Scholar’ and Walt Whitman’s poem ‘Song of Myself’. Emerson was an American poet, essayist and lecturer.
The American Dream: Promising or Hopeless? A statement from the article “Rethinking the American Dream” reads, “(…) like so many before and after him, was overcome by the power of the American Dream” (Source E). The American Dream is the ideal that everyone should possess an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through determination. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby discusses and portrays various themes and ideas that tie into the American Dream. Fitzgerald develops several life-like characters that convey the reality of achieving the ideal every American dreams of.
When Singing with open mouths(I Hear America Singing), you know the fragrant blossoms remain (haiku). The 2 poems “I Hear America Singing” (Walt Whitman) and Haiku (Basho) are very similar and different in several ways. For example the poems structure, meaning, form, etc. American poet Walt Whitman celebrated individual freedom. His first volume of poetry, Leaves of Grass, is regarded as one of the most important works in American literature.
Within the early revolutionary epoch of American history brought various interpretations of the country. Thomas Paine characterized this country in an excerpt from his work the Rights of Man. Unfortunately, Thomas Paine’s characterization of America does not entirely hold truth today, and can be evident in our country’s political and identity ideologies. The key points within the excerpt implies that America is a country where a multitude of cultures, religions, and languages coexist. Paine suggests that our government, which was created “on the principles of society and the rights of man”, is able to overcome the differences of political and racial beliefs.
Ezra Pound and his influence on modernism Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an emigrant American poet and critic who was a key figure of the early modernist movement. Pound promoted, and also sporadically helped to shape, the work of different poets and novelists such as William Butler Yeats, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, and T.S. Eliot. His influence on poetry began with his development of “Imagism”, a movement stressing clarity, carefulness and conciseness of language. Modernism is a movement that arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Americans had a very hard time breaking ties with England and becoming their own nation. Thomas Paine played a very important role in the liberty of American history. His pamphlet “Common Sense” laid down the foundation for the complete freedom of America, granted in 1776. He argued for two main points: independence from England and the creation of a democratic republic. Paine had many effective and influential arguments in his pamphlet Common Sense, but the three most important were that the colonies should have freedom, balance, and equality.
Romanticism As Americans evolved from Classicism to Romanticism there was much change, especially in literature. Classicism prioritized the idea of reason and valued “clarity, order, and balance” (Hodgins, 119). In contrast, Romanticism emphasized “importance upon the emotions and upon the individual” (Hodgins, 119). Early American Romanticists shared several central attitudes and ideas, including a concern with the “deeper” aspects of the human psychology that lie beyond rational awareness, and a tendency to value individualism over all social forms or systems. During the late eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin was one of the intelligent fellows who blended classicism with romanticism.
Because F. Scott Fitzgerald and Norman Mailer are authors who contributed to the shape of their national identity and consciousness, their philosophic roots and American literary, as well as the American cultural currents of their times have been comprehensively explored in their literary art. A point of accord among scholars is that Fitzgerald and Mailer’s contributions to American culture reach far beyond their roles as American literary artists—they are not only considered voluble social critics of twentieth-century America, but eloquent interpreters of their American cultural milieu. Literary works such as The Great Gatsby and An American Dream stand as evidences to these authors’ commitment with and apt understanding of their cultural
Setting out to reclaim his Americanness, Irving proclaimed his love for his country […].“ (Norton Anthology 468) 3. Characteristics of Romantic Literature Romanticism in America can be determined by the time after the War of 1802 (1802-1805) and through the Civil War (1861-1865). By defeating Britain, a vast feeling of nationalism was formed throughout the population of America and thus motivated many writers to express their emotions of American nationalism, creating literature that tried to distinct itself from European traditions, instead shaped by “[…] radical individualism and a total commitment to social reform, religious freethinking and the most conventional pieties, artistic experiment and self-conscious imitation.“ (Habich 3) It was a time of “increased readership, availability of print materials and, very important, evolution of critical opinion.“ (Habich 6) 4.1 Historical
T.S. Eliot is a worldwide famous poet, an American modernist, and the winner of the 1894 Nobel Prize in Literature. Eliot changed the existing order in English literature. His poetry and literary criticism changed the literary interests of the whole generation. Through his poems, he forces people to know the history of the development of English poetry and to look at the seventeenth-century England with a new vision of Romanticism.
Copland on Americanism Music of the twentieth century received a great amount of attention, acting as a voice that would reflect the wants and needs of a changing nation. Where words failed, music spoke, and as a powerful voice for socioeconomic and political spheres, composers drew attention to prevalent nationalistic styles coming out of their homeland. One of the most notable American composers of the early twentieth century was Aaron Copland. As a contender for “America’s Greatest Composer”, Copland strived to integrate various images of America into his music that would be understood in the minds of audiences around the globe. Copland was born in 1900 to a mother and father of Lithuanian decent, the mother of which grew up in the
Emphasizing on the idea of a common creed, rather than a link by blood. Michael Walzer, on the other hand, emphasizes the idea of pluralism in his article “What Does it Mean to Be an “American”?”. Pluralism emphasizes the idea that Americans embrace their other identities, instead of assimilating together to one identity.
Daniel Welsh Dr. Patterson American Heritage 15 September, 2016 The Concept of American Exceptionalism (Works Cited) MLA As identified by E. J. Dionne in the introductory chapter of Our Divided Political Heart, American Exceptionalism is a vital part of our country’s mindset and culture. The school of thought surrounding this concept most often defines it as the belief that the history of the United States is altogether different from that of any other country. This unique foundation based on liberty, individual rights, and democracy has provided untold opportunities for the citizens of the United States. Book Lipset, Seymour Martin. American Exceptionalism: A Double-edged Sword.
Whitman Walt, Williams Carlos Williams and Audre Lorde are three great American poetic writers in the American Literature. These writers transformed the literature world by using reality to create language in their writings, which is very fascinating, as they all used the language tools of symbolism, metaphor, nature and imagery in their critical illustrations of their poems. Example, Whitman, related his poet to the growth and changes that occurred in his life, thereby giving nature the room to do his work without withholding it, whereas Williams poems talks more about his life towards moving forward and achieving his goal expectation in life. Williams poet, talks more about ‘’glazed with rain water’’ which is also the force of nature in action.
Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman have wrote several poems over America, for example “Montage of a Dream Deferred” and The Negro Speaks of Rivers, Walt’s: “O Captain! My Captain! “A Clear Midnight” , including the two the essay is over. Although these poem’s shares the same style and same meaning the of the poems is vastly different. I hear America is an example of him giving honor to those who are living their lives to make America a better place.