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The Romantic Movement: The Rise Of The American Renaissance

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The Romantic Movement, or the American Renaissance, originated in Germany. This period spread to England, France, and reached America in the early 1800’s. Just as in Europe a new light was shed on the artistic and intellectual circles. However in America romanticism corresponded with national expansion and the discovery of American voice. The foundation of national identity, the rising of idealism, and the passion of Romanticism fostered the “American Renaissance. (Outline of American Lit.) Self-awareness was a major theme the American Romanticism. During this period of history the theory was that self and nature were one, self-awareness was not a dead end, but a way of using knowledge to open up the universe. “If one’s self were one with…show more content…
Over 150 Intentional Communities were formed by people disillusioned by materialistic values and unfairness in the American society. However, there was enough wealth for people to develop and appreciate writing and reading within maturing leisure class with cultural airs. (Intro to American Romanticism) The rise of science was connected to the romanticism era. This seemed to conflict with religion because many felt psychic dislocation. Science had taken the traditional values and conventional reality out of their world. They tried to force individual meaning for institutions and principles seemed to have little truth. “Philosophically they reacted against the materialistic educational theories of Locke and rationalism.” (Intro to America) More truth was found in the matter of intuition and imagination than logic and reason. The mechanistic view of the universe was rejected. (Intro to American…show more content…
His main ideas were the need for a fresh national vision, use of personal experience, nation of cosmic over-soul, and the doctrine of compensation. These are suggested in his very first publication, Nature (1836). The essay opens: “Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchers of the fathers. It writes biographies histories, criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy and original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs. Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, and invite us by the powers they supply, to action proportioned to nature, why should we grope among and dry bones of the past…? The sun shines today also. There is more wool and flax in the fields. There are new lands, new men, and new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and
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