Compare And Contrast Romanticism And Transcendentalism

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Ryan O’Neill
Honors English 11
25 November 2014
Romantics and Transcendentalists The new ideas from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries changed the way that people viewed nature and how people chose to express themselves. American Romanticism and/or Transcendentalism are often shown in many of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poems and in Herman Melville’s Typee. American Romanticism was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. So many phases of romanticism occurred that a satisfactory definition is not possible. Poe stressed that emotions were the most important part of art and that intelligence was not a factor of it. In his story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “I
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Herman Melville had a good sense of description like most Romanticist because they can truly embellish themselves with what nature has to offer. While Poe was able to do the same, he pondered the dark aspects of Romanticism. In his short story “The Fall of the House of Usher” his descriptions of the house and the area it is in are very spooky and dark. Melville never really went as deep into the dark side of Romanticism as Poe did, he tended to see the light in most of his settings that he described, although when he described some of the tribesmen in Typee they were referred to as savages which has a negative …show more content…
When Arthur Patterson talks about the story he states “The horrors of the Inquisition, of birth and death, place stress upon the mind and senses to such an extent that memory of the forgotten realm and intimations of its existence are made available to the reader.” The details given in this story are so descriptive and powerful that the reader is able to understand the story on a whole new level. Some psychological critics viewed Poe as an emotionally wounded poet who preferred to present himself as controlled. Melville was also a very descriptive

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