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Thomas DeQuincey

This posting examines "Literature of Knowledge and the Literature of Power" by Thomas deQuincey and defines each of these types:
1. Glorification of the common man
2. Antiquity or the supernatural
3. Change (mutabilty)
4. Concern with social issues

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1. Love of the Common Man is depicted during this era. Please note how American Romanticism focuses on a celebration of individualism. The writings often show how average middle-class characters or speakers aim to be like everyone else. These writers reinforce the elements of democracy by recognizing the fortitude of common citizens.

Although there is this emphasis, please also note that American Romantics dually embrace and love the common man yet also celebrate their spiritual beings.

Emerson exemplifies this notion when he writes "The American Scholar." Please note how he targets human ...

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Common themes with Thomas DeQuincey are examined.