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Compare And Contrast Transcendentalism And Romanticism

Decent Essays
Brandon Getter
3/4/2017
Mr. Browne B1
Transcendentalist and Romantic Essay

Whilst reading several works from many transcendentalist and romanticist authors, I have decided that the two most captivating and unique authors were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edgar Allan Poe.They both created stories that reflected their movement closely, and had unique elements with multiple interpretations. From Emerson I read “Self-Reliance” and from Poe I read “The Raven”.
Self-Reliance by Emerson is one of his most famous essays about how humans should live true to themselves, regardless of whether it's good or evil. He claims that conformity is contradictory to and has adverse affects on one's independent spirit, and insolation is a way to combat it. He stated that donating for no reason is destructive and causes the person receiving to have a dependence on others for relief and help, when they should help themselves. He also states how if humans act with their emotions and
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After checking his window for the first time he sees nothing, and assumes the wind is the culprit for the noise. He admits that he is depressed because of the death of his lover. After hearing the knocking again he returns to the window to investigate, and when he opens it, a black raven flies next to him. The man spoke to the raven and after saying “art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!” and the bird replied “nevermore”. The man began to argue with the bird, and call it evil, but the bird only replied with nevermore. I noticed many elements of symbolism while reading the raven, such as how it is nighttime to symbolize the darkness felt after the passing of his partner. Another element of symbolism I noticed is how a raven is a symbol of death, which came to him after the passing of his
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