The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn And Walt Whitman 's Song Of Myself

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Throughout the 19th century, an array of new speculations and ideals about the world swept through the United States. Largely birthed by the forward-thinkingness of the Enlightenment movement in the 18th century, both romanticism and realism entered the American headspace radically and powerfully, bringing exciting changes to literature, philosophy, and artwork. Two timeless examples of both realism and romanticism stand with the works of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.
Romanticism first emerged in the early 19th century of the United States, at a time of dissent leading to the greatest American conflict in history, the Civil War. The work of James Fenimore Cooper and his stories of adventure surrounding Natty Bumpo, the heavily fantasized frontiersman comparable to a comic book superhero in modern times, greatly helped solidify the popularity and success of the genre. This momentum was furthered by the success of Walden by Henry David Thoreau in 1864. Appearing only a year after the release of Thoreau’s essay came one of the most radical and powerful pieces of American poetry, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Song of Myself, easily one of the most impactful and long-lasting pieces from the compilation, deals with nearly all aspects of romantic life, from being one with nature in the great outdoors, to connecting to the cosmos from the isolated megacity. Throughout the poem, Whitman makes reference to a distinct connection of…

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