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Light Romanticism. 1800-1860. Big Ideas of Romanticism. source: Skipp , Francis in American Literature. Key Characteristics. Prefers natural over artificial State of nature rather than civilization Truth comes from imagination and beauty Feeling over reason/logic

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big ideas of romanticism
Big Ideas of Romanticism

source: Skipp, Francis in American Literature

key characteristics
Key Characteristics
  • Prefers natural over artificial
    • State of nature rather than civilization
  • Truth comes from imagination and beauty
    • Feeling over reason/logic
    • Poetry = highest form of expression
  • Champion individual freedom
  • Innocence and experiencevalued over formal education
  • Optimistic view of world
    • Linked to uncharted frontier
influences
Influences
  • Western expansion
    • Opportunity for growth, promise
  • Immigration
    • Bringing new cultures and perspectives
  • Urbanization
    • Escapism
    • Search for spiritual roots
romantic hero
Romantic Hero
  • Young or youthful
  • At odds with society
  • Not interested in authority
    • Nonconformist
    • Self-centered
  • Feels intensely
    • Character of extremes
  • Seeks beauty or perfection

Source The Deerslayer N. C. Wyeth

legacy lasting effects of american romanticism
LegacyLasting Effects of American Romanticism
  • Humanitarian reform
    • Abolitionism
    • Feminism
  • Liberal religious movements
    • Unitarianism
    • Universalism
  • Economic experiments
    • Communal living (Brook Farm, New Harmony)

James D. Hart, The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 6th ed. (572).

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