The American colonies were also developing from a religious settlement into a political and economic power. Their efforts to transform the nation contributed both to civil war in and to the founding of colonies in America as working models of the Puritan way of life. It was not always their choice as to who they married or how they were treated in the home. Watson 16 February 2015 America, the Literary What does it mean to be American? It held that Christ, who freely chose to sacrifice himself for fallen man, bound God to accept him as man's representative. They created very little literature because writing was viewed as satanic in both cultures.
For example, instead of using a creative metaphor in which a sheet of paper is compared to a beckoning bowl of sweet cream, a Puritan writer would favor a straightforward description of blank paper. Do I share their view of the vital necessity of conversion and of being clothed with the righteousness of Christ? So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world. Throughout the 1670s and 1680s, New England clergy wrote sermons which drew directly from the Book of Jeremiah. The Half-Way Covenant The children of first-generation believers were admitted to limited membership in the Congregational church, on the grounds that as children of the elect, they would undoubtedly experience conversion and become full members of the church. They relished the power of the Spirit that accompanied the Word. In religious terms, several types of covenants were central to Puritan thought.
Naturalists, another leg of Realism, relied more heavily on psychology and sociology, and frequently attempted to objectively dissect the psyche of their characters throughout their work. This period produced a number of classic American writers and their masterpieces. With the limited rights women possessed, they impacted the Puritan community in many ways. Such signs and signals greatly increased the use of symbols in Puritanical writing. This obsession with honoring God made American Puritanism a very strict, severe religious movement.
They had a strong willing to learn from the bible and study it. Mather had 382 works published during his lifetime including essays, poems, and sermons. It was fresh, new, and relatively unclaimed. Puritanism, as a religious movement, believed in cleansing the church of all of its remaining Roman Catholic ties. Instead of wanting to take all the money, gold and silver they made a pacific relationship with the Indians because they only wanted to share the word of God. And we have noted the books that we consider most critical to have in a personal library. Religion in these Puritan societies was a primary drive in daily life.
In the late sixteenth century, a new psalm book by the name of The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Meter was published which rearranged the words of the psalms to more aesthetically pleasing meters and tunes. Works focused on realistic messages illustrating the idea that everyone was born a sinner and that his or her salvation had been pre-determined, a concept known as predestination. Plain Style Puritans lived a simple life based on the concepts of humility and simplicity. Only the elect could vote and rule. He served as an adviser to judges during the infamous Salem witch trials. The Puritans had a significant cultural and political impact on early American life. Women in puritan society had very little, if any, legal rights.
Puritan literature relied on a simple style of writing. Let the Puritans bring you into full assurance of salvation and a lifestyle of gratitude to the Triune God for His great salvation. Whereas Transcendentalism held a very optimistic view of the world, Anti-Transcendentalists did not hold that all things in nature and mankind were inherently good. Date you accessed the page. For example, what to others may seem like a simple paper cut, might, to a Puritan, mean that God is warning them to stop reading a particular book.
John Winthrop, future governor, stated that the purpose of this move was to build a city upon a hill. An English author, Milton dictated his great work after blindness took his sight. As a housewife, they were expected to fulfill various duties throughout the day. They produced a significant collection of literature themselves in three main genres: sermons, diaries, and poetry. The American Renaissance was born at the end of the Romantic age. William Bradford and Anne Bradstreet are excellent examples of Puritan writers who sincerely wanted to help people understand the word of God.
They had to be able to provide clothing, food and medicines from what they had. Taking into account the first-person narrative and religious focus, most Puritan literature took the form of a sermon, poem, letter, or historical narrative. Puritan women were very hard working members of the society and of the home, yet, they had no rights and were often mistreated. The Puritans, therefore, sought a productive and consecrated use of the body. That is my prayer, my vision, my dream. Romanticism also explored a deep interest in the supernaturalRomantic writing frequently uses the countryside as a backdrop, the perfect symbol of freedom and moral clarity. Authors like Jonathan Edwards, Edward Taylor, and Philis Wheatly all brought personal beliefs to the table.