The Fire Side Poets from the Romantic Period of Literature Appreciate Nature

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The Romantic period in American Literature dates from 1800-1860. It was a time where people were trying to find a distinctive voice. The Romantic period included letters, poems, essays, books, and art. Most of the authors focused on feelings, which is why it's called the “Romantic” period. The authors can be put into four different groups, The fire side poets, The Transcendentalist, American Gothic, and The Early Romantics.

The fire side authors had an appreciation for nature. Poems were read aloud around camp fires by many different families. This is how they got the name Fire side poets. The most famous poet of the fire side poets was Henry Longfellow. Longfellow wrote the poem “Paul Revers Ride.” Longfellow’s famous poem showed how easy it is to romanticize something. Paul Revere was looked at as a “hero” because of his involvement of warning people of the war. The poem shared the just of the story but by saying Paul warned people out of the goodness of his heart is what made it romanticized. He was ordered to do so and had knowledge of the war for some time before that. Some other fireside poets were, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, & John Greenleaf Whittier. Just as the Fire side poets, the transcendentalist were also really into nature.

The transcendentalist had a deep love for nature. They believed that life with more simplicity is just as fulfilling if not more than a life filled with worldly possessions. Important things to the transcendentalists…