Compare And Contrast Romanticism And Transcendentalism

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Thoreau Investigation
Literature is categorized into eras based on the characteristics of the text along with when the text was written. These eras took place chronologically as follows: Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic, Transcendental, Victorian, Realism, Naturalism, Existentialism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. Each era had its own themes, though some themes overlapped into succeeding eras. Throughout the centuries, literature has played an important role in the shaping of nations, whether by speeches written for kings, books published by gentlemen, epics recorded anonymously, or poems penned by slaves. Literature is the key to understanding humanity, different cultures, religions, governments; literature is one of the building blocks of civilization. It is through the eras of literature and their distinct
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Another close friend of Thoreau’s was the author Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson was already an established author when the two became friends, and acted as a mentor to Thoreau’s writing. The pair shared a passion for nature. Emerson shaped much of Thoreau’s style; however, while Emerson was most arguably a transcendentalist author, Thoreau’s writing contained the characteristics of both transcendentalism and romanticism, with a particular emphasis on the latter.
Nature is a dominant theme in Romantic literature. Thoreau’s poem on friendship uses an extended metaphor comparing love and friendship to each other as well as nature. The speaker compares friends to “two sturdy oaks” (Thoreau). He is saying that while they may grow apart, their roots are forever intertwined, keeping them strong together. He says that the oaks will withstand the wind and tide. Thoreau uses nature to describe an abstract concept in a concrete way.
Romantic literature is often focused on human emotion, as shown in this stanza: I fain would ask my friend how it can be,
But when the time
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