Essay on Edgar Allan Poe / Emily Dickinson

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Quasheioh Dukes
Professor Tony
American Literature
4 March 2013
Romanticism is the only literary movement exhibits a wide variety of art, literature and intellect in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This movement has been a topic of ample disagreements over its defining ideologies and aesthetics. It can best be described as a large network of sometimes competing philosophies, agendas, and points of interest. In England, Romanticism had its greatest influence from the end of the eighteenth century up through about 1870. Its primary vehicle of expression was in poetry, although novelists adopted many of the same themes. The two writers discussed in this paper will be Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe.
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Any list of particular characteristics of the literature of romanticism includes subjectivity and an emphasis on individualism, spontaneity, freedom from rules, solitary life rather that society, the belief that imagination is superior to reason and devotion to beauty love of and worship of nature and fascination with the past.
The American scholar A.O. Lovejoy once observed that the word romantic has come to mean so many things that by itself, it means nothing at all. The variety of its actual and possible meanings and connotations reflect the complexity and multiplicity of European romanticism. In the decline and the fall of the romantic ideal (1948) F.L. lucus counted 11,396 definitions of romanticism. In classic romantic and modern Barzun cites example of synonymous usage for romantic, which shows that it is perhaps the most remarkable examples of a term, which can mean many things according to personal and individual needs.
The word romance has a complex and interesting history. In the Middle Ages romance denoted the new vernacular languages derived from Latin in contradistinction to Latin it self which was the language of learning. The Romanticism was a period in which authors left classicism, age of reason, in the old world and started to offered imagination, emotions and a new literature that toward nature, humanity and society to espouse freedom and individualism. The main characteristics or Romanticism movements are: an

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