Test 2 - Sentimentality in literature as defined by the...

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Sentimentality in literature as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary is the act of “dealing with feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia in an exaggerated and self- indulgent way”. Washington Irving’s writings, particularly in his autobiography “The Author’s account of himself”, are sentimental in nature. The autobiography is almost entirely composed of nostalgic memories from his childhood regarding his then and now (at time of writing) feelings of “passion”(715) and “earnest desire”(716) towards learning and reading about voyages, travels, and the world beyond America, primarily Europe. Irving’s exaggerated verbiage strongly suggests feelings of tenderness and attachment towards these emotions of yearning, especially from his description of his childhood “wistfully … wander[ing] about the peirheads”(716) and “gaz[ing] after … lessening sails”(716.) Irving delves frequently into voluptuous prose regarding his own views of the surrounding natural world, seeing the earth as a beautiful woman in his descriptions
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course ENG 225 taught by Professor Zacharias during the Spring '07 term at Palomar.

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