A Long Way Gone By Emily Bronte

1567 Words Oct 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Gustavo Leon
Kathryn Overbeck
ENC 1102
October 28, 2015
A Long Way Gone
Emily Bronte and Paul Dunbar
Have you ever had that feeling of wanting to free yourself from something, breaking the wall that holds you back, cutting the string that won’t let you go on and be free? Emily Bronte in her poem “The Caged Bird” and “Sympathy” by Paul Dunbar portray their feelings in their lyric poems. Bronte was born in 1818 in Yorkshire, England. She lived during the end of the romantic period, which made a huge impact on her writings. Romanticism was “an artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 1700s and characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual 's expression of emotion and imagination…” (The Free Dictionary, Romanticism). In addition to being mentally ill with enochlophobia, which means that she was frightened or scared of people and crowds, she was also oppressed by the general idea or style of living in which women at this period of time couldn’t publish under their own name. Paul Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1872. He also lived during the romanticism period but toward the end of it and beginning of the realism time period, which was mainly focused on attention to detail and to show the right now of life (The Literature Network, Realism). He was the first African American who produced lyrics for musicals. His father was a soldier during the Civil War to free the slaves, making Dunbar very deep in this subject. Both…

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