Transcendentalism and Romanticism
Throughout time there have been many literary movements, many of which become forgotten over time. However they should not be forgotten because they have shaped American literature into what it is today. Two of the more important literary movements of the late 18th century to the early 19th century are transcendentalism and romanticism.
Transcendentalism was a literary movement in the first half of the 19th century. Transcendentalists were influenced by romanticism, especially
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even to the extent of justifying committing suicide as a result of love. These were just some of the many works that characterized the ideals of Romanticism.
Without the transcendental and romanticism movements American literature would not be what it is today. These movements have shaped the way today?s authors approach writing. Also these movements have allowed for one to expand his or her mind to new ideas and new ways of approaching life.