Support Live Chat
Nov 8, 2017 in Literature
Romanticism refers to that period of time between 1800 and 1900 when there appeared many writers, in both America and Europe, who published numerous literary works that did not touch the reality but concentrated more on imagination, surrealism, and metaphysics. American romanticism, therefore, refers to the period when many American writers authored books that were based on imaginations and things that are out of this world. These writings were very different from novels, since novel focused on imagination that is based in real time and in real places. Amongst such writers were Oliver Wendell Holmes and Washington Irving. Their works demonstrated a great deal of American romanticism, since they were based on absolute imagination.
In the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the author describes a man who was killed during the American Revolution in a way of having his head chopped off. However, the deceased gets out his grave normally at night to look for his head while riding on a horse (Terence, 1953). This is completely imaginary, as it is impossible for deceased person to come out of his grave to search for his head and ride on a horse. This is the height of imagination in his work. It is a pure imagination to expect dead people to come back to life and to integrate themselves with the living, as we see the dead person chasing Ichabod in an attempt to find his head.
In the story, there exists an illustrious horse racer Brocton who was a champion in horse racing and was, hence, an envy of many people, old and young, male and female. In the story, we are told of Ichabod who was a career teacher and used to train people in music during free time (Knight, 2003). Ichabod loves the daughter of a fellow Dutch man Miss Van Tassel but is afraid of stiff competition from the horse racer and is very jealous of him. The horse racer is also wary of Ichabod. This demonstrates apparent individualism that exists in the romantic works.
The poem “The Chambered Nautilius” talks of a marine organism referred to as Nautilus, who lives in a shell. As it grows, it closes its old shell and occupies a new one, The chamber of Nautilus becomes too little for him, and he builds more spacious one right on the top of the old chamber, where Nautilius moves in after the end of building it. The old chamber is totally blocked, which helps the whole construction to buoy up. Thus, over some time, Nautilius builds several chambers in a raw, arranging them spirally on the basis of the previous chambers serving as a supportive structure. The creature itself is only present in the biggest chamber, which is the last one. These shells eventually coil themselves to form horn-like structure. We are also told that it has arm-like tentacle described as “purple wing” in the poem (Brian, 2012). It is used to propel it in the sea and is likened to the ship’s sail that helps the ship to cruise upon being blown by the wind. The organism lives in the deep sea and only comes to the surface to obtain the necessities such as sunlight. In the light of this vivid description of Nautilus, the writer demonstrates an apparent reverence of nature, since such an organic creature is juxtaposed with sea vessels such as ship.
The writer, however, uses this sea organism to symbolize human life. He encourages people to live responsibly because it is impossible to re-live your past. Every day, we should refuse from bad and offensive behavior, just like Nautilus sheds her old shell and lives better live. The writer notes in his poem that there comes a time when we shall be answerable to our creator. This is the time when we shall die as described in the poem, where the writer tells his soul to leave his low volte past.
The two literary works clearly demonstrate that American romanticism gave a lot of emphasis on the inherent characteristics, such as individualism fantasy, imagination, and reverence of the past. Despite the fact that these works are a product of sheer imagination, there is a lot we can learn from them, as they borrow a leaf from human behaviors and societal ways of doing things.
- A Jury of Her Peers
- The Pocahontas Story
- The Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis
- Oedipus the King
- Langston Hughes and his Poem
Customer`s comment 9 days ago
Thank you for your care of my essay writing assignment. I have received a wonderful paper. It is amazing!
Customer`s comment 9 days ago
The fastest and the most accurate essay writing provider on the Internet! I admire your quality and speed writing! Thank you!
Customer`s comment 13 days ago
People should know about such a great essay site. I will broadcast it!
Customer`s comment 20 days ago
I did not know what an online writing service was before I started to use this one. It is a cool site. They deliver perfect papers for me.
Customer`s comment 29 days ago
Very good paper. There were no mistakes in it. Fantastic!
Customer`s comment 24 days ago
I did not know what to expect from this essay site. My friends told me to watch out as there were a lot of frauds everywhere on the Internet. My experience is quite positive. The service impressed me with its writers and high quality of writing.
Customer`s comment 17 days ago
I did not provide any instruction for writing my paper, just a title only! They created a perfect paper for me. That is very, very nice!
Customer`s comment 22 days ago
I found this essay website trying to cope with my research paper assignment. I just wanted to find some materials corresponded with my topic. It is a big luck that I use this service as I can finally find free time for myself and my family. Thank you!
Customer`s comment 26 days ago
I thought that essay sites could not really help anyone getting professionally written papers. However, I was wrong. This writing service demonstrates only perfect writing and professional writers. They have done a great piece of work for me.
Customer`s comment 11 days ago
Actually I am a kind of a coward. Therefore, it was always hard for me to make a decision. However, I am glad that I have tried your essay service. It is a pleasure to order papers here. The work you do is so great.
Customer`s comment 1 days ago
The essay site is designed very well. It is easy to find everything you need here. The quality of writing is very high. Moreover, the writers are always ready to listen to you and follow your instructions.
Customer`s comment 19 days ago
I doubted about the quality of my writing. However, the finished paper was well written. Moreover, it contained no mistakes. My tutor takes even the smallest grammatical mistakes very personally. Thank you! I passed it to the next level with your help!
Customer`s comment 20 days ago
I gave a writer a very short time frame, but he/she coped with my assignment very fast and I received it in time!
Customer`s comment 16 days ago
I just cannot find the right words to describe this essay writing provider. Everything is awesome here. Thank you!
Customer`s comment 5 days ago
There are many cheap custom writing services on the web, but their quality is not good. This is the only custom writing service I can rely on.