Literary Periods in American Literature

Literary Periods in American Literature

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Brief descriptions of American Literature from the 1600s to the 1900s in their respective eras.

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  • ~~~~~Puritan Authors~~~~~ William Bradford Anne Bradstreet Jonathan Edwards Edward Taylor
  • 1600-1800: Puritanism *Diaries and Histories *Saw religion as personal, inner experience *Plain style of writing
  • ~~~~~ Enlightenment Authors~~~~~ Benjamin Franklin Thomas Paine
  • 1750-1800: The Age of Reason * Know as The Enlightenment Period *Philosophers and scientists flourished *Speeches and pamphlets were popular *People believed that human beings can arrive at truth by using deductive reasoning
  • ~~~~~ Romanticism Authors~~~~~ Washington Irving Emily Dickinson Edgar Allan Poe Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 1800-1860: Romanticism *Valued feeling, intuition, idealism and inductive reasoning *Poetry was valued at the time and was a popular pastime for both reader and writer
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