Romanticism Poetry Test

William Cullen Bryant

To a Waterfowl
William Cullen Bryant

The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The First Snowfall
James Russell Lowell

1800s-late 1800s
Romanticism Era

Regular Romanticism
-places higher emphasis on emotion than rationality
-exalts individual over society
-questions or attacks standard rules and conversations
-prefers nature over city; nature benefits humanity
-portrays humankind in nature as being morally superior to humanity in civilization
-views children as essentially innocent until corrupted by their surroundings
-elevates imagination over reason and intuition over fact

Fireside Poets
-considered America’s first generation of writers
-all 4 poets were born and lived in New England
-used American settings and subjects in their poetry
-took name from popularity of their works which were read as family sat beside fireside in evenings
-ranked as America’s most read and best loved poets