Romanticism Defined By The Merriam Webster Dictionary

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Sara Fergadiotti
Hannah Joelle
English M01B
August 4, 2014
Romanticism defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “a literary, artistic, and philosophical movement originating in the 18th century, characterised chiefly by a reaction against neo-classicism and an emphasis on the imagination and emotions, and marked especially in English literature by sensibility and the use of autobiographical material, an exaltation of the primitive and the common man, an appreciation of external nature, an interest in the remote, a predilection for melancholy, and the use in poetry of older verse forms”. The Romanticist literary period began in the mid 1700 it was a period where a whole new chapter of writing was created. “Romanticism witnessed a steady loosening of the rules of artistic expression that were pervasive during earlier times”(Rahn). Romanticism was a completely new outlet of literature. It created many famous writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe.
Edgar Allan Poe was the best writer of his time, born January 19 1809, to actors David and Eliza Poe. From the very beginning that he had a troubles childhood. His parents, couple of years after his birth, died from sickness He was separated from his siblings and went to live with foster parents, John and Frances Allan. He did not get along with his foster father but grew fond and close to his foster mother Frances. When going to school, Poe was a superb student and often called a genius. This however, separated him from his
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