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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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Light romanticism
Light Romanticism

1800-1860


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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