LITERATURE MEME | 2 movements - (2) dark romanticism
Dark Romanticism, also called American Romanticism, is a subgenre of literature that arose in reaction to Transcendentalism. Dark Romanticism involves sin, self-destruction, and often supernatural forces.
G.R. Thompson describes the movement as follows:
"Fallen man’s inability fully to comprehend haunting reminders of another, supernatural realm that yet seemed not to exist, the constant perplexity of inexplicable and vastly metaphysical phenomena, a propensity for seemingly perverse or evil moral choices that had no firm or fixed measure or rule, and a sense of nameless guilt combined with a suspicion the external world was a delusive projection of the mind—these were major elements in the vision of man the Dark Romantics opposed to the mainstream of Romantic thought."
Notable writers include Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville.
Books have a way of making you homesick for a place you have never been.
Ed Vebell illustration to “Loneliness Is Dangerous” by Harry Coren. Cutline: “Alone in the midst of millions, the girl, who longed to talk to someone, stood on her fire escape as the voices of others, enjoying the companionship denied her, drifted up through the night.” Sunday Mirror Magazine, August 14, 1955.
I want to live here forever.
I’m just like:
Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.
Bookstore in Brussels, Belgium.