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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to the following questions including:
- What were some of the characteristics of the Romantic style?
- Who was the father of American literature and why did he use 'pen names'?
- What makes Washington Irving a romantic writer?
- How does free verse differ from blank verse?
- Would 'Paul Revere's Ride' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's be considered blank or free verse?
1. The Romantic Period in American Literature and Art
This video introduces American Romanticism, a movement where literature focused on intuition, imagination and individualism. Authors such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow contributed to what became known as the American identity, as the new country did its best to distance itself from European tradition.
2. Washington Irving: Biography, Works, and Style
This video introduces Washington Irving, the father of American literature. Through his works, like 'Rip Van Winkle' and 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' Irving developed a sophisticated yet satirical style while helping establish the American identity.
3. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis
Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.
4. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis
The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.
5. The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving: Summary and Analysis
Romantic literature, such as 'The Devil and Tom Walker,' often references the supernatural. In this lesson, we learn how Washington Irving uses an allegory with symbols to create a moral tale about greed while incorporating the supernatural theme.
6. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.
7. Satire in The Devil & Tom Walker
In this lesson, we take a close look at Washington Irving's short story 'The Devil and Tom Walker' by reviewing the people and ideologies that it satirizes.
8. Characteristics of Romanticism
This lesson identifies five central characteristics of Romanticism, which was an intellectual and aesthetic movement that begin in the 1770s in response to the Age of Enlightenment and its emphasis on reason and rationalism.
9. Romanticism in Literature: Definition & Characteristics
This lesson will explore Romanticism in literature. We will define the Romantic movement by examining and exploring some of its most important characteristics.
10. One Summer Night by Ambrose Bierce: Summary & Analysis
This lesson will provide a summary and analysis of Ambrose Bierce's short story 'One Summer Night', with particular attention paid to the ways that Bierce uses language to create a mood.
11. One Summer Night by Ambrose Bierce: Themes & Setting
This lesson will provide an overview of the setting and themes of Ambrose Bierce's short story 'One Summer Night' and offer some analysis on the ways these settings develop these themes.
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Other chapters within the American Literature: Help and Review course
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- Analysis of American Literature
- Literary Analysis: Help and Review
- Colonial and Early National Period in Literature: Help and Review
- Dark Romantics: Help and Review
- Transcendentalism in Literature: Help and Review
- Realism in Literature: Help and Review
- Modernist Prose and Plays: Help and Review
- Modernist Poetry: Help and Review
- The Harlem Renaissance and Literature: Help and Review
- Literature of the Contemporary Period: Help and Review
- Research Skills for English Language Arts
- Parts of an Essay: Help & Review