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Romanticism: Mid 1800s


These writers infused their writing with “fancy, imagination, emotion, nature, individuality and exotica” (The American Experience). Transcendentalism and anti-transcendentalism are hallmarks of this era as many of these writers explored man’s relationship to nature and his desire to reach a higher consciousness outside traditional theology.


We will read and explore one or more of the literary works by the featured author for this period:

Edgar Allan Poe


 

 

Edgar Allan Poe

 

 

 Text Connections

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum - cool virtual tour and lots of link to great sites to the father of science fiction/horror.

Edgar Allan Poe - biographical information and e-text of some of his most famous poems from the Academy of American Poets.

The Raven: An Interactive Study Resource- great site from www.teachersfirst.com. Thanks to Mrs. Currier for letting us know about this cool site!

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Short Story: "The Fall of the House of Usher" -p. 312
  • Poem: "The Raven" -p. 330

 

Audio Book/MP3 

Edgar Allan Poe at Librivox- this link will lead you to all the Poe works available as MP3 files at Librivox.

Poe's classic short story - "The Tell-Tale Heart" is available as "literature for your eyes and ears" through LoudLit.org! Here are some more works by Poe also available as "literature for your eyes and ears":   "Alone""Annabel Lee", "A Dream within a Dream", "Eldorado", "The Raven".

 


We may explore one of more of the following works...

 

The Scarlet Letter

by

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Moby Dick

by

Herman Melville

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Walden

by

Henry David Thoreau

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&

Walking

by

Henry David Thoreau

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Even more to explore...


Louisa May Alcott

 Text Connections

 Louisa May Alcott- learn about the author of Little Women and the Alcott family from the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association.


 

William Cullen Bryant

 

 

 Text Connections 

    Perspectives in American Literature: William Cullen Bryant- a great resource from California State University

William Cullen Bryant- great resource with links to many etexts of Bryant's works from Washington State University

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  •   Poem: "Thanatopsis" -p. 277

 


 

 

 

Emily Dickinson

 Text Connections

Emily Dickinson - biographical information and e-text of some of her most famous poems from the Academy of American Poets.

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Poem: "Because I could not stop for Death" -p. 426
  • Poem: "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died" -p. 428
  • Poem: "There’s a certain slant of light" -p. 430
  • Poem: "My life closed twice before its close" -p. 430
  • Poem: "The Soul selects her own Society" -p. 431
  • Poem: "The Brain – is wider than the Sky" -p. 432
  • Poem: "There is a solitude of space " -p. 433
  • Poem: "Water, is taught by thirst" -p. 434

 


 

 

 

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 Text Connections 

Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Visionary Life - an interesting site from Canada about Emerson and transcendentalism. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson - click here and connect to the Academy of American Poets' page on Emerson.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpt from Essay: “Nature” –p. 390
  • Excerpt from Essay:  "Self-Reliance" -p. 393
  • Poem: "Concord Hymn" -p. 395
  • Poem: "The Snowstorm" -p. 396

 

Audio Book/MP3 

 "Concord Hymn" - you'll have to scroll down a bit but it's here for you to listen to along with a link to the e-text.

Ralph Waldo Emerson at Librivox- this link will lead you to all the Ralph Waldo Emerson works available as MP3 files at Librivox.

 


Margaret Fuller

 Text Connections

Margaret Fuller - was America's "first true feminist" and a colleague of Emerson, Thoreau and  Alcotts. This site from PBS, this will give you a sense of who Fuller was and a brief look at selections of her work.


Oliver Wendell Holmes

 Text Connections   

 Oliver Wendell Holmes - interesting biographical information from the Supreme Court Historical Society.

 

"The Chambered Nautilus" - a Holmes poem from The Academy of American Poets.

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Poem: "Old Ironsides" -p. 280

Washington Irving

 Text Connections

Perspectives in American Literature: Washington Irving- interesting biographical information from California State University

Read Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - e-text from Project Gutenberg

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Short Story: "The Devil and Tom Walker" -p. 258

 

Audio Book/MP3 

Listen to Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"- from Librivox.org


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 Text Connections 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - a collection of his works and some biographical information as well from the Academy of American Poets

 "Paul Revere's Ride" - connect to the full e-text of Longfellow's famous poem.

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Poem: "The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls" -p. 275

Audio Book/MP3 

 "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" - here it is (although I think it's better when read with my Boston accent) for you to listen to along with a link to the e-text.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at Librivox- this link will lead you to all the Longfellow works available as MP3 files at Librivox.

 


Walt Whitman

 Links to Connections  

The Walt Whitman Archive - an impressive site form the University of Virginia with many e-texts of Whitman's works and so much more!

 Long Island's Walt Whitman - from Long-Island Global Link, this site will introduce you to Whitman's home and much more.

Walt Whitman's World: America Still Needs His Poetry- great editorial piece from the Boston Globe and a must-read if you're research Whitman!

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpt from Nonfiction: "Preface to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass" -p. 440
  • Excerpt from Poem: "Song of Myself" -p. 442
  • Poem: "When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer" -p. 446
  • Poem: "By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame” -p. 447
  • Poem: "I Hear America Singing" -p. 448
  • Poem: "A Noiseless Patient Spider" -p. 450

John Greenleaf Whittier

 Text Connections

John Greenleaf Whittier- a brief biography and more from the Haverhill, MA public library.

 

John Greenleaf Whittier- biography and links to some Whittier poems from The American Academy of Poets.

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpt from Poem: "Snowbound" -p. 282

Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period

American Masters: The American Novel Literary Timeline- a great site from PBS, this link offers lots of information on the various movements, periods, novels and authors of American literature.

 

American Memory Timeline - from the Learning Page at The Library of Congress, this link will help you connect American history to American literature.