This literature unit on the Romantic era is the third in a series of the American Literary movements which includes: The Puritan Era, The Age of Reason, The Romantic Era, Transcendentalism, Realism, Harlem Renaissance, Modernism and Post Modernism. Following the the Age of Reason, which instituted a rationalism that sometimes went beyond its own boundaries, the Romantic writers rebirthed the ideals of: intuition, imagination, individuality and nature as a source of inspiration. Invoking the past for wisdom and seeing the common man as a hero were emphasized as necessary aspects of humanity that must be expressed and lived. These themes are alive the works of great Romantic writers like Irving, Longfellow, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville and others with a current of consciousness so pure and focused in its purpose that their words still roam and haunt the mind one hundred years later with the force of gravity. This unit covers the historic context of the early 19th century, the major Romantic writers and their notable written works. It also includes scaffolded guided notes for the students. Enjoy!