Poe and Romanticism???

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Can anyone tell me how Poe's writings(like The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher) show Romanticism...I really need some help because I have to write a paper over this. Please answer!

-- Anonymous, January 15, 2000


I believe that in the raven he shows romantisim by the narrator thinking the raven is from Lenore. In The Fall of the House of Usher he shows this by Roderick and Madeline being telepatically connected. The also show this because they are twins and share this great connection which usually dosn't happen to often in nature. I was tought that romantisim is nature having a hidden or deep meaning behind its self.

-- Anonymous, January 26, 2000

From the dictionary accessed through www.ask.com

ROMANTICISM: 1 often capitalized a (1) : a literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterized chiefly by a reaction against neoclassicism and an emphasis on the imagination and emotions, and marked especially in English literature by sensibility and the use of autobiographical material, an exaltation of the primitive and the common man, an appreciation of external nature, an interest in the remote, a predilection for melancholy, and the use in poetry of older verse forms (2) : an aspect of romanticism b : adherence to a romantic attitude or style 2 : the quality or state of being romantic

-- Anonymous, January 28, 2000

Romanticism is a loosely connected bunch of ideas--what really holds them together is the use of intuition (instead of reason) to tell the tale. Many Romantics were an optomistic bunch (Thoreau and Emerson), but those who delved into evil (Poe and Hawthorne, for example), used exotic settings and supernatural visitors to explore intuition. Thus, although nature is important in the works of many Romantics, it is the inner 6th sense of intuition that propels Poe.

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

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