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  • Dark Romanticism draws from darker elements of the human psyche, the evil side of spiritual truth and by the 19th century became a literary style that used medieval settings to suggest mystery and horror. It had extreme expressions of self-destruction and sin involving sheer terror, personal torment, graphic morbidity, madness, and the supernatural.
  • Romanticism is characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical. It is a reaction to the ideas of the Industrial Revolution, the aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment, and the scientific rationalization of nature.
  • Literary realism attempts to represent familiar things as they are. Realist authors chose to depict everyday and banal activities and experiences, instead of using a romanticized or similarly stylized presentation. Renders reality closely and in comprehensive detail. Selective presentation of reality with an emphasis on verisimilitude, even at the expense of a well-made plot
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  • Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of the finest macabre tales in this genre. Other prominent authors of the genre include Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, H.P. Lovecraft, Philip K. Dick, Algernon Blackwood, Guy de Maupassant, Amelia B. Edwards, M.R. James, Arthur Machen, Elizabeth Gaskell, W.W. Jacobs, W.F. Harvey, and Robert W. Chambers.
  • Radical politics, "his best poetry is not political", but is especially noted for its sensuous music and imagery, along with a concern with material beauty and the transience of life The second generation of Romantic poets includes Lord Byron (1788–1824), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) and John Keats (1795–1821)
  • Character is more important than action and plot; complex ethical choices are often the subject. Characters appear in their real complexity of temperament and motive; they are in explicable relation to nature, to each other, to their social class, to their own past.
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  • Authors Mark Twain William Dean Howells Rebecca Harding Davis John W. DeForest Joseph Kirkland E. W. Howe Hamlin Garland Henry James
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