- Describe the key features of Romanticism.
- Analyze the ways in which the works of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman broke from the American literary tradition of Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville.
- Analyze the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the Civil War on American literature.
- Compare the ways in which Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman established new voices in American literature.
Thumbnail: Walt Whitman, 1887 (Public Domain; George C. Cox via wikipedia).