The New Ideas From The Eighteenth And Nineteenth Centuries Essay

1377 Words Dec 4th, 2014 6 Pages
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 am now awaiting a person who, although perhaps not the these butcheries, must have been in some measure implicated in their perpetration. Of the worst portion of the crimes committed, it is probable that he is innocent. I hope that I am right in this supposition; for upon it I build my expectation of reading the entire riddle. I look for the man here –in this room- every moment. It is true that he may not arrive; but the probability is that he will. Should he come, it will be necessary to detain him. Here are pistols; and we both know how to use them when occasion demands their use.” This is important to the concept of American Romanticism because it stresses the idea of relying on intuition and feeling over knowledge and data. Poe and…

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