Monthly Archive: March 2017

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Trochaic octameter

Trochaic octameter is a poetic meter that has eight trochaic metrical feet per line. Each foot has one stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.  In the example below, from Edgar Allen Poe’s The...

American Romanticism, the Gothic, and Transcendentalism 0

American Romanticism, the Gothic, and Transcendentalism

American Romanticism American Romanticism followed European Romanticism by several years, and first appeared after the civil war.  Like European Romanticism, it X, Y, and Z.  However, the American experience was intensely individual.  American Romanticism...

European Romanticism 0

European Romanticism

European romanticism emphasized the creative powers of the individual mind, the regenerative value of nature, and the limits of history, tradition, and institutions.