Dark Romantic Literature Flashcards

Dark Romantic Literature Flashcards
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The Blithedale Romance
A novel written by Dark Romantic novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne about a group of transcendentalists. His perspective shaped the characters, who act egotistically.
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Moby Dick: The White Whale
This animal serves to represent different things to various characters in the novel. Some see it as evil, others view it as God-like, and Ishmael sees it as pure.
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Moby Dick
A novel by Herman Melville about the hunt for a white whale. It can be seen as a moral allegory as well as a political allegory.
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Herman Melville
A very well-known novelist who wrote Moby Dick along with many other novels and short stories. He spent time as a sailor before writing.
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Omoo
A story written by Herman Melville about a whaling trip that include a mutiny. Tahitian culture is considered in this novel.
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Billy Budd, Sailor
A novel written by Melville when he was at the end of his life and not published until after his death. It focuses on a sailor falsely charged with mutiny.
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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street
A short story by Herman Melville that touches on transcendentalism by focusing on individuality.
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Elements of Dark Romantic Writing: Self-Destructive Characters
This style of writing often includes these characters, who strive to succeed, but end up sabotaging themselves. An example would be Captain Ahab from Moby Dick.
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Trochaic Meter
The kind of poetic meter used in The Raven. It gives poems a sing-song quality by following a pattern of stressed-unstressed syllables.
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Elements of Dark Romantic Writing: The Supernatural
These writers often used supernatural beings or items to show the darkness inside humans. An example would be the speaking bird in Poe's The Raven.
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Repetition
In writing, this occurs if you repeat the use of a certain word or even a phrase.
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Internal Rhyme
A specific type of rhyme that has to occur inside of a single poetic line.
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Flashcard Content Overview

Checking out these flashcards gives you the opportunity to review the differences between Dark Romantic writers, Romantic writers, and Transcendentalists. Refresh your memory of the works of Herman Melville, Edgar Allen Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne while going over terms like personification, internal rhyme and unity of effect.

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Internal Rhyme
A specific type of rhyme that has to occur inside of a single poetic line.
Repetition
In writing, this occurs if you repeat the use of a certain word or even a phrase.
Elements of Dark Romantic Writing: The Supernatural
These writers often used supernatural beings or items to show the darkness inside humans. An example would be the speaking bird in Poe's The Raven.
Trochaic Meter
The kind of poetic meter used in The Raven. It gives poems a sing-song quality by following a pattern of stressed-unstressed syllables.
Elements of Dark Romantic Writing: Self-Destructive Characters
This style of writing often includes these characters, who strive to succeed, but end up sabotaging themselves. An example would be Captain Ahab from Moby Dick.
Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street
A short story by Herman Melville that touches on transcendentalism by focusing on individuality.
Billy Budd, Sailor
A novel written by Melville when he was at the end of his life and not published until after his death. It focuses on a sailor falsely charged with mutiny.
Omoo
A story written by Herman Melville about a whaling trip that include a mutiny. Tahitian culture is considered in this novel.
Herman Melville
A very well-known novelist who wrote Moby Dick along with many other novels and short stories. He spent time as a sailor before writing.
Moby Dick
A novel by Herman Melville about the hunt for a white whale. It can be seen as a moral allegory as well as a political allegory.
Moby Dick: The White Whale
This animal serves to represent different things to various characters in the novel. Some see it as evil, others view it as God-like, and Ishmael sees it as pure.
The Blithedale Romance
A novel written by Dark Romantic novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne about a group of transcendentalists. His perspective shaped the characters, who act egotistically.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
He wrote The Scarlet Letter. He came from a Puritan background and while he disagreed with that point of view, he used the group's method of allegory along with scary and creepy themes.
Unity of Effect
A process to ensure that all parts of a plot and all aspects of a story are carefully set up and carried out. Information is provided at the right moment to carry the plot.
Elements of Dark Romantic Writing: Horrors of Pure Evil
This theme draws readers to experience terror over the remorseless actions of evil people. It's very prevalent in Poe's The Cask of Amontillado.
Personification
A literary process that involves taking something non-living and making it appear as though it is alive. For example, describing the windows of a house as eyes.
Doppelganger
A living person's double, created through some kind of supernatural means.
Edgar Allen Poe
This famous Dark Romantic writer created works such as The Raven and The Fall of the House of Usher. He included themes of horror and symbols designed to be creepy.
Elements of Dark Romantic Writing: Theme
This type of writing often including evil in a character's surroundings, such as a building or a place. This can effect characters and cause them to struggle.
Romantic Writers
These writers, who dominated the first part of the American Romantic period, treated mystical themes optimistically. They believed that evil would be punished and good rewarded.
Dark Romantic / Gothic Writers
Writers in this group were prolific towards the end of the American Romantic period. They saw darkness in mystical themes and focused on psychological issues like guilt.
Transcendentalists
A group of writers who valued imagination and intuition. They saw the world in a more optimistic light than writers in the Dark Romantic school.
The Scarlet Letter: Symbols
This book uses objects to represent other things. The biggest example of this would be the embroidered letter itself, which comes to represent different concepts over the course of the novel.
The Scarlet Letter
A novel by Hawthorne that focuses on the theme of sin leading individuals to greater understanding of themselves and people around them.

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