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After the revolutionary America experienced great political economical and social changes Because of these changes a spirit of nationalism developed This sense of nationalism was created in literature as well There was a shift from classicism which emphasized reason over imagination to romanticism which emphasized emotions and the individual Authors of the early 1800s used a faith in nature the past and human psychology to express the ideals of romantic literature A faith in nature is one characteristic used by authors of the early 1800s James Fenimore Cooper is an excellent example of this In his story The Deerslayer he states scalp for a scalp life for life blood for blood is one law to feed her young another Cooper 144 In this quote Cooper recites basic law of nature It is evident that he portrays these laws in his story to express his love of nature Another author who portrays a faith in nature is William Cullen Bryant Bryant shows this in his poems To a Waterfowl and Thanatopsis In his poem To a Waterfowl he states There is a power whose care teaches thy way along that pathless coast Bryant 151 In this quote Bryant is sharing his belief that nature and religion are one Another quote by Bryant which is stated in Thanatopsis is When thoughts of the last bitter hour come like a blight over thy spirit and images Thanatopsis Bryant 153 Bryant recites this in his poem to show that when one is thinking of death they become sad Because of these quotes you can tell that Cooper and Bryant had different views of nature but were on the same level Another characteristic used by authors of the early 1800s is the past An excellent example of this is Edgar Allen Poe In his story The Masque of the Red Death Poe sates He had come like a thief in the night The Masque of the Red Death
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