Major writers during this time period, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, were concerned with government and society.
A new type of poetry characterized by common speech, exact words, precise, clear pictures
3rd person omniscient point of view
The narrator is outside the action in a novel and knows everything that every character thinks, feels, and does.
Romanticism and Transcendentalism
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.
“Moms: are you sick of cleaning the house by yourself? Call Merry Maids!”
Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman”
A story told within a story.
free form and lyric poetry
Name the form and type of poetry: You broke my heart, I guess it’s over; I knew you never like me. We are two cats: you hiss at me and I scratch your eyes out.
The idea that people of all financial backgrounds and religions are accepted in any class of society.
“He tried to poke them together again, but in spite of the tenseness of the effort, his shivering got away with him and the twigs were hopelessly scattered. Each twig gushed a puff of smoke and went out.” In this passage from the _____ period, the writer views life as a losing battle against an uncaring universe.
Rationalism (Colonial Period)
Works of this period included political statements, pamphlets, letters, and the like.
In “Waldlen,” Thoreau writes, “I am not as wise as the day I was born.” This is an example of a rhetorical strategy know as a ____,which seems to contradict itself but suggests an important truth.
The use of similar grammatical constructions to express ideas that are related. An examples is seen in Whitman’s poem “I Hear America Singing” as he uses the gerund phrases: I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singinghis as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work
The audience or reader knows information that the characters do not know.
A writer’s attitude toward his subject, communicated through diction, choice of details, or ditect statements of his or her position. It reflects the feelings of the writer.
This period of American literature reflects a sense of disillusionment and loss of faith in the American dream.