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Romanticism, Poe, And "The Raven"

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Romanticism, Poe, And
Romanticism, Poe, And
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The era of Romanticism spans from the late 1700's to the mid 1800's
following the French Revolution; therefore, 'Romanticism' encompasses
characteristics of the human mind in addition to the particular time in
history when these qualities became dominant in culture. Romanticism
depicts an artistic movement which emerged from reaction against dominant
attitudes and approaches of the 18th century. Romanticism established
realism in literature through creativity, innovation, exploration, and
vivid imagery. By expanding beyond the definition of love, Romanticism,
accented by mystery, delves into the strange and fantastic aspects of human
experiences. 'To escape from society, the Romantics turned their interests
to remote and faraway places; the medieval past; folklore and legends, and
nature and the common man.' Edgar Allen Poe is noted as one of the few
American 'Romantic' poets. Poe's poem 'The Raven' portrays Romanticism as
characterized by emotion, exotica, and imagination.

A friend of Edgar Allen Poe, R. H. Horne, wrote of 'The Raven', 'the
poet intends to represent a very painful condition of the mind, as of an
imagination that was liable to topple over into some delirium or an abyss
of melancholy, from the continuity of one unvaried emotion.' Edgar Allen
Poe, author of 'The Raven,' played on the reader's emotions. The man in '
The Raven' was attempting to find comfort from the remembrance of his lost<...

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