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Ch 2: MTEL English: Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism

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Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism are two literary time periods covered on the MTEL English exam. You can use our short, expert led video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to help you review popular writers and works from this time period.

MTEL English: Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we'll help you study for the MTEL English exam by looking at the key literary figures from the Transcendentalism and Dark Romantic periods. We'll also take a look at the components of these literary movements and see how they compared to one another. This chapter will cover:

  • Dark romantics writers in American literature
  • The works of Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville
  • Transcendentalism's impact on American literature
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson's poems
  • Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience and Walden
  • The poetry of Walt Whitman

We'll teach you about the most important figures and concepts of these literary movements in a way that's easy to understand and specially tailored help you study for the MTEL English test. The video lessons come with convenient video tags for easy navigation and corresponding self-assessment quizzes so you'll be able to learn at your own pace and track your progress along the way.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: MTEL English: Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism
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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.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Biography, Works, and Style

3. 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.

Herman Melville: Biography, Works & Style

4. 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.

Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

5. Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

This video defines Transcendentalism, a literary movement of the mid-19th century. Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman used their literary platforms to encourage Americans to transcend society's presumptions and create a personal, progressive relationship with spirituality and nature.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

6. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Biography, Poems, Books & Success

7. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Biography, Poems, Books & Success

America's often referred to as a 'melting pot' of cultures and ideas, but Americans still have a unique identity. Meet one of the most influential shapers of that identity in this lesson on the life and work of American thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

8. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

9. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

10. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

11. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.

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