American Literature: Romantic and Neoclassical Poetry

Washington Irving
“The Devil and Tom Walker”

William Cullen Bryant
“To a Waterfowl” and “Thanatopsis”

Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Old Ironsides” and “The Chambered Nautilus”

James Russell Lowell
“The First Snow-Fall”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls”

Romantic poetry
More Unordered
More Idealized

Neoclassical poetry
Very ordered
More rational

Transitional poetry
Form is neoclassical
Subject is Romantic

William Cullen Bryant
Who was influenced by English Romantics, including William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge?

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What poetic form is “Thanotopsis” written in?

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Unrhymed poetry that is written in iambic pentameter

iambic pentameter
In this style of poetry, each line has five feet, or beats; each foot contains one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable

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What poetic form did William Cullen Bryant introduce into mainstream American poetry?