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Ch 7: Transcendentalism in Literature: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Transcendentalism in Literature chapter of this American Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master this literary movement. 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 transcendental writings.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering American literature material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn American literature. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding transcendental literature or working with the authors of this literary movement.
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about transcendental writings and authors
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources

How it works:

  • 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 Transcendentalism in Literature chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • 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.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Transcendentalism in Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any transcendentalism in literature question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

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

  • How did transcendentalism impact American literature?
  • What transcendental ideas can be found in Ralph Waldo Emerson's and Henry David Thoreau's writings?
  • How did Emily Dickinson use personification in her poetry?
  • What were some of Walt Whitman's transcendental and realist writings?

17 Lessons in Chapter 7: Transcendentalism in Literature: Help and Review
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Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

1. 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.

Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

5. 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.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

6. 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.

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.

Margaret Fuller: Biography & Quotes

8. Margaret Fuller: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson we will learn about the personal and professional life of Margaret Fuller, a women's rights activist in the 1800s. We will also look at some of her quotes.

Margaret Fuller: Facts & Accomplishments

9. Margaret Fuller: Facts & Accomplishments

Often thought of as a first-wave feminist, Margaret Fuller inspired the intellectual peers of her time and generations of thinkers to come. Her many accomplishments include being the first female foreign war correspondent who wrote from inside the combat and writing the first American book about women's rights for equality.

Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century: Summary

10. Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century: Summary

Margaret Fuller's 1845 book ''Woman in the Nineteenth Century'' was one of the most important feminist documents of the 19th century due to its call for equality in marriage and its radical claims about masculinity and femininity.

Margaret Fuller's The Great Lawsuit: Summary & Analysis

11. Margaret Fuller's The Great Lawsuit: Summary & Analysis

This lesson presents a summary of Margaret Fuller's 1943 essay, 'The Great Lawsuit.' It also analyzes the transcendentalist and abolitionist themes that underpin Fuller's argument.

Margaret Fuller: Books & Poems

12. Margaret Fuller: Books & Poems

Margaret Fuller was born in 1810 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is often considered America's first feminist. Her work covered many genres from poetry to essays to books. In these works, we can see her intellect and ability for conversation.

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life - Summary

13. Margaret Fuller: A New American Life - Summary

This lesson will provide an overview of Megan Marshall's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Margaret Fuller, one of America's first female public intellectuals and early feminists. Learn more about Marshall's book, 'Margaret Fuller: A New American Life' now.

Figurative Language in The Road Not Taken

14. Figurative Language in The Road Not Taken

In this lesson, we explore the uses of figurative language in Robert Frost's 'The Road Not Taken.' These uses include metaphor, symbol, imagery, and irony.

Figurative Language in O Captain! My Captain!

15. Figurative Language in O Captain! My Captain!

This lesson examines Walt Whitman's famous ode to Abraham Lincoln, ''O Captain! My Captain!'' We discuss several examples of figurative language in the poem.

Figurative Language in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

16. Figurative Language in Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

This lesson examines different uses of figurative language in Robert Frost's poem 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.' We'll look at examples of symbolism, synecdoche, hyperbole, imagery, alliteration, and personification.

Figurative Language in Nothing Gold Can Stay

17. Figurative Language in Nothing Gold Can Stay

'Nothing Gold Can Stay' by Robert Frost has been a popular poem for nearly a century because of the artistic way that the author uses figurative language throughout the piece to illustrate a melancholic view of change.

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