American Romanticism As Portrayed By Walt Whitman 's Song Of Myself

979 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Jesha C. Lor
Callis
Modern Civ-LIT
3/21/16
Song of myself (1855)
Narrative (1845)
American Romanticism as portrayed by Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Fredrick Douglass’s Narrative American Romanticism focuses on the imagination, emotions and idealized perspectives of the world. Romanticism is in opposition to the forms and conventions of Neoclassical Literature and is a reaction to the Age of reason which preceded Romanticism. Reason was ruled out in this era in place of imagination, individuality, and emotions, which are all three roots that defines Romanticism. Although, Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself and Frederick Douglass’ Narrative were written ten years apart, many persons that wrote in this era represented the major ideas and themes of the Romanticism era. As an Abolitionist Romance Narrative, Frederick Douglass’s Narrative consists of a journey from repression to transcendence. The Romantic elements in his Narrative, created the highest possible effect for abolitionism by not only being highly realistic but, also romantic in nature. Prior to the Narrative, was the abolitionist movement in which the unique role of African Americans allowed for moral superiority, as the audience could voice one of authority, moral understanding, and experience. Douglass was the perfect person who had profound intelligence and oratory abilities who could command the kind of respect capable of energizing that movement. Not only did Douglass’s work excite the passions of the…
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