American Eras: The Revolutionary Era 1754-1783 (American by Robert J. Allison

By Robert J. Allison

A part of a chain supplying special info at the eras of pre-twentieth century the USA, this quantity contains articles overlaying headlines and headline makers, awards, achievements and different enlightening and interesting evidence at the innovative period in the united states.

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Princeton University Press, 1975); Kenneth Silverman,^ Cultural History of the American Revolution (New York: Columbia University Press, 1987). 37 THE POETRY OF INDEPENDENCE Imitation. Artists and critics would not value originality until the Romantic era transformed arts and letters in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. During the Revolutionary era colonial writers absorbed a cosmopolitan ideal of belles lettres both through their reading of English literature and through their training in the classics at colleges such as Princeton.

The best poetry of the Revolution is primarily satirical. John Trumbull, who graduated from Yale College in 1767 with two other members of the Connecticut Wits, Timothy Dwight and David Humphreys, published M'Fingal in 1776 and an expanded revision in 1782. In fifteen hundred couplets the poem describes a town meeting in which a Tory is tarred and feathered after coming into conflict with local Whigs. Trumbull managed to move beyond mere imitation of British satirists such as Samuel Butler and Charles Churchill, adapting native subject matter to an imported mock-epic genre of poetry.

Like many of his contemporaries in Revolutionary America, Fre- AMERICAN ERAS: 1754-1783 neau moved away from an orthodox C alvinist heritage toward a more secular devotion to the political lite of the new nation. Not only did he use poetry as a weapon in the struggle for independence, but he also helped to invent a language and a set of topics suited to a democratic literature. Poet of the Revolution. As the most prolific poet of early America, Freneau played an important role in the development of a national literature.

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