Transcendentalism Romanticism And Naturalism

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Transcendentalism, Realism, and Naturalism are literary movements, among many, that were cultivated over time by many artists, poets, and writers that shaped America’s literature over the years. These literary movements inspired many ideas throughout America and had an impact on people during the time periods they were established in.
Realism was a repercussion against Romanticism. Romantic writers often addressed their emotions and personal experiences in their writings. Realism emphasized the ordinary, day-to-day life that people lived. Realist writers, however, would write in a more symbolic and objective way. They stressed the idea of how life was structured in every aspect, such as, socially, politically, economically, and culturally in the 1800s. This movement is identified as the first modern movement that rejected traditional forms of literature as obsolete in the wake of Enlightenment. These are excerpts from Because I Could for Death is an example of Realism:
“Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.” (Dickinson)

“We slowly drove – He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For His Civility –” (Dickinson

This excerpt is referring to a woman who has just died and is talking about the process of how Death took her. She dies peacefully and was going into the afterlife. Dickinson is describing what it was like for the woman and how her afterlife

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