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The era of Romanticism spans from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s following the French Revolution therefore Romanticism encompasses characteristics of the human mind in addition to the particular time in history when these qualities became dominant in culture Romanticism depicts an artistic movement which emerged from reaction against dominant attitudes and approaches of the 18th century Romanticism established realism in literature through creativity innovation exploration and vivid imagery By expanding beyond the definition of love Romanticism accented by mystery delves into the strange and fantastic aspects of human experiences To escape from society the Romantics turned their interests to remote and faraway places the medieval past folklore and legends and nature and the common man Edgar Allen Poe is noted as one of the few American Romantic poets Poes poem The Raven portrays Romanticism as characterized by emotion exotica and imagination A friend of Edgar Allen Poe R H Horne wrote of The Raven the poet intends to represent a very painful condition of the mind as of an imagination that was liable to topple over into some delirium or an abyss of melancholy from the continuity of one unvaried emotion Edgar Allen Poe author of The Raven played on the readers emotions The man in The Raven was attempting to find comfort from the remembrance of his lost love By turning his mind to Lenore and recalling how her frame will never again bless the chair in which he now reposes he is suddenly overcome with grief whereby the reader immediately feels sorry for the lonely man The reader pities the mans state of mind In addition to an emotional characteristic Poe also portrays the exotic Exotic means unnatural Exotic means a raven that speaks only one word Exotic means a bird that refuses to leave and insists in staying in one place Finally exotic means a life of torment of the speakers soul The man is drawn to
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