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Ch 6: Dark Romantics: Help and Review

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The Dark Romantics chapter of this American Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master dark romantic writing. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the dark romantics.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the characteristics of dark romantic writing or working with the authors.
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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Dark Romantics chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • What were some of the characteristics of dark romantic writing?
  • How did the dark romantics compare to the romantics?
  • What made Edgar Allan Poe a dark romantic?
  • Why is Herman Melville considered a dark romantic?
  • Why did the literary characteristics and themes found in Nathaniel Hawthorne's works qualify him as a dark romantic?

43 Lessons in Chapter 6: Dark Romantics: Help and Review
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The Dark Romantics in American Literature

1. The Dark Romantics in American Literature

This video introduces the characteristics of Dark Romanticism, a movement at the end of the Romantic period where literature embodied creepy symbols, horrific themes, and explored the psychological effects of guilt and sin. Authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote short stories, poems, and novels that encouraged Americans to see evil in everything.

Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

2. Edgar Allan Poe: Biography, Works, and Style

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern mystery story. Through his works, like 'The Raven' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart,' Poe reflected the characteristics of Dark Romanticism by creating horrific storylines and characters while exploring the dark, irrational depths of the human mind.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

3. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

This video explores Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' a Dark Romantic short story that illustrates the horrors of evil. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect.'

Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher: Summary and Analysis

4. Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher: Summary and Analysis

Learn how Poe uses diction, point of view, symbols, and personification to create his most celebrated short story 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' a story about premature burial, death, and sorrow.

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

5. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

6. Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

Like many great people, Herman Melville was misunderstood during his time. Watch this video to find out why the author of the famous novel 'Moby Dick' died almost as a complete unknown.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

7. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

8. Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Well, besides being a brooding guy with a bit of a dark past, he was one of the most famous writers from early America. Learn more about him and his view of the Puritan belief system in this video.

The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

9. The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

See how Nathaniel Hawthorne uses allegory and symbolism to illustrate the affair and resulting guilt between a minister and a Puritan woman in his novel 'The Scarlet Letter.'

Figurative Language in The Tell-Tale Heart

10. Figurative Language in The Tell-Tale Heart

In Edgar Allan Poe's short story, 'The Tell-Tale Heart', figurative language is used as a way in which to add an element of suspense and horror to the story. This lesson discusses Poe's use of figurative language.

Figurative Language in The Cask of Amontillado

11. Figurative Language in The Cask of Amontillado

In this lesson we will explore the use of figurative language in Edgar Allen Poe's short story 'The Cask of Amontillado.' We will also discuss figurative language itself, using quotations from the story as examples.

Figurative Language in Annabel Lee

12. Figurative Language in Annabel Lee

In this lesson, you'll learn about figurative language in the poem 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe. We'll discuss examples of figurative language used in the poem, including symbolism, hyperbole, personification, and alliteration.

Figurative Language in The Raven

13. Figurative Language in The Raven

Into the macabre and morbid side of fiction? This lesson focuses on Edgar Allan Poe's famous dark poem 'The Raven.' In particular, you'll learn how figurative language plays a role in the poem.

Dark Romanticism Characteristics

14. Dark Romanticism Characteristics

Deep grief, insanity, criminality, the grotesque and the bizarre are some of the subjects explored by writers categorized by the label Dark Romanticism. These writers focus on the darker aspects of emotion and nature.

The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

15. The Premature Burial by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

Edgar Allan Poe was a writer of the macabre whose dark stories stick with you long after you've finished reading them. 'The Premature Burial' is one such tale that instills the fear of being buried alive.

The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe Summary

16. The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe Summary

Though Edgar Allan Poe is known for his horror stories, he also often wrote stories of mystery and adventure. Please read on for a summary of one of Poe's mystery-and-adventure stories, ''The Gold-Bug''!

The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

17. The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll briefly introduce Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Oval Portrait' as a frame narrative. We'll summarize its plot, which begins with a misdemeanor and ends with a harrowing discovery. Finally, we'll analyze some key ideas raised in this short story.

HP Lovecraft: Books & Monsters

18. HP Lovecraft: Books & Monsters

H.P. Lovecraft is a fiction writer of the weird and interesting. Known for creating haunting creatures that stay with readers, he was also known for his intriguing correspondence.

HP Lovecraft: Biography & Quotes

19. HP Lovecraft: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson, we will learn about the life of H.P. Lovecraft, one of the earliest American horror and science fiction writers. We will also list some well-known quotes from his fiction, letters, and critical work.

The Call of Cthulhu: Book Summary & Quotes

20. The Call of Cthulhu: Book Summary & Quotes

Francis Wayland Thurston learns there are some things better left unknown in H. P. Lovecraft's 'The Call of Cthulhu.' What horrible truth does he uncover? Learn more about his investigations in this summary.

The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

21. The Oblong Box by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

Edgar Allan Poe wrote his short mystery story, 'The Oblong Box', in 1850. The narrative is designed so that the reader solves the mystery along with the narrator.

The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs: Story & Theme

22. The Monkey's Paw by W. W. Jacobs: Story & Theme

Read this summary of 'The Monkey's Paw,' by W.W. Jacobs, and find out why you should be content with what you have and be careful what you wish for. This lesson will summarize the work and explain the themes.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: Summary & Characters

23. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins: Summary & Characters

''The Moonstone'' by Wilkie Collins is an early example of the English detective novel. It both conforms to and differs from mid-Victorian formulations of the genre and regards issues such as imperialism, feminism, and social class.

The Colour Out of Space by HP Lovecraft: Summary & Analysis

24. The Colour Out of Space by HP Lovecraft: Summary & Analysis

Usually colour is associated the vibrancy of life, but in this story, colour will take your life away. In this lesson we will read a summary of the short story, 'The Colour Out of Space' by H.P. Lovecraft, and analyze its meaning.

A Descent into the Maelstrom: Summary & Analysis

25. A Descent into the Maelstrom: Summary & Analysis

In this tale of terror, Edgar Allan Poe reveals the macabre nature of the ocean and its unforgiving and enormous power. The narrator's guide shares his feat of escaping a whirlpool that nothing else has ever survived.

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar: Summary & Analysis

26. The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar: Summary & Analysis

This lesson tells the horrifying story of Edgar Allan Poe's ''The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.'' We will learn about the story and its historical context, and the interesting vocabulary Poe uses.

The Hop Frog by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

27. The Hop Frog by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

''The Hop Frog'' is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe about a king and his fool, Hop-Frog. They laugh, they masquerade, and they combat. Who comes out on top -- the king or the jester?

The Hop Frog by Edgar Allan Poe: Characters & Setting

28. The Hop Frog by Edgar Allan Poe: Characters & Setting

Hop-Frog is no frog; he's a jester. Edgar Allan Poe's ''The Hop Frog'' shows just how a jester can outwit a king. With the characters and the palatial setting, anything can happen.

Poe's The Imp of the Perverse: Summary & Analysis

29. Poe's The Imp of the Perverse: Summary & Analysis

Procrastinating to murder, Poe's ''The Imp of the Perverse'', explores the human tendency toward self-sabotage. This lesson will summarize and analyze this brief story to help you better understand how the perverse affects the main character's life and yours.

Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia: Summary & Analysis

30. Edgar Allan Poe's Ligeia: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will offer a summary and analysis of Edgar Allen Poe's short story 'Ligeia' (1838) with particular attention to the narrator's unreliability.

Morella by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

31. Morella by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

This lesson explores the story Edgar Allan Poe tells in ''Morella.'' First we will learn the story, and then we examine several approaches to its analysis.

The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether: Summary & Theme

32. The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether: Summary & Theme

In this tale of one man's curiosity about the happenings of a secluded insane asylum, he gets treated to a rather peculiar dinner. He also gets a first-hand account of what can go wrong in an asylum.

Al Aaraaf by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

33. Al Aaraaf by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

''Al Aaraaf'' is Edgar Allan Poe's longest poem and was inspired by the discovery of a supernova back in 1572. Poe associated this supernova with the place between Heaven and Hell in Muslim ideology.

The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

34. The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will provide a stanza-by-stanza summary of Edgar Allan Poe's ''The City in the Sea'' (1845) and offer an analysis that focuses on its striking imagery.

The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

35. The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

This lesson will provide a summary of Edgar Allen Poe's poem ~'The Conqueror Worm~' (1843) and offer an allegorical analysis of the poem and the tragic drama it describes.

Poe's A Dream Within a Dream: Summary, Theme & Analysis

36. Poe's A Dream Within a Dream: Summary, Theme & Analysis

This lesson provides a summary of Edgar Allan Poe's 1849 poem, 'A Dream Within a Dream,' as well as an analysis of the poem's themes and how the poem corresponds to events in Poe's life.

Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Theme & Analysis

37. Eldorado by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary, Theme & Analysis

Edgar Allan Poe wrote in the 1800's. 'Eldorado', written in 1849, shows the despair that is so common in Poe's work. This lesson offers a stanza by stanza summary and analysis of 'Eldorado'.

Eulalie by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

38. Eulalie by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

Taking a break from Edgar Allan Poe's more macabre writing, we get a glimpse at the transforming power of love in ~'Eulalie.~' In this lesson, we'll read the poem, look at a summary and break down what Poe was saying.

The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

39. The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

The poem ''The Haunted Palace'' by Edgar Allan Poe tells of a palace with a happy king of long ago that falls to ruin. But Poe has a deeper message. This lesson provides a summary of the poem, explores the ongoing metaphor, and analyzes the meaning.

To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

40. To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

Was Edgar Allan Poe's poem, ''To Helen,'' really written to a woman named Helen? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the poem and the interesting history behind it, including a sneak peek at the woman for whom it was written.

Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Meaning

41. Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Meaning

'Lenore' is a well-known poem by American poet Edgar Allan Poe, a writer remembered for his dark tales and mournful poetry. 'Lenore' depicts the death of a beautiful young woman.

Tamerlane by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

42. Tamerlane by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

Edgar Allan Poe's 'Tamerlane' is a poem about a great ruler named Timur, who is talking to a priest at the end of his life about his childhood and the regret he feels at following his ambition. This lesson summarizes and analyzes key moments and themes.

Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

43. Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe: Summary & Analysis

'Ulalume' is one of Poe's more musical poems, and tells the story of a man who finds himself walking to the grave of his deceased love on the anniversary of her death. This lesson analyzes the poem and looks at key themes.

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