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Literature Meme: Movements (1/2) > Transcendentalism

Transcendentalism was a movement in nineteenth-century American literature and thought. It called for people to view the objects in the world as small versions of the whole universe, and to trust their individual intuitions. Transcendentalism placed heavy emphasis on nature, contemplative thought, and self-reliance. Noted transcendentalists include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and—to a lesser extent—Robert Frost.

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