How did America change its literary style from 15th to 19th century.docx

How did America change its literary style from 15th to 19th century.docx

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How did America change its literary style from 15th to 19th century? Before Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Bahamas in 1492, literature of Native Americans consisted of oral performances. They had no written alphabet but their literary genres included communal stories, songs, and speeches related to humans’ relationship with all living things of the universe. Native American literary pieces later were transcribed by European settlers. In the 15th Century, economics, religion and the very nature of the Renaissance prompted mariners to venture into the unknown. Starting with Christopher Columbus’ “Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First Voyage” in 1493, descriptions of the New World to lure more Europeans became important literary documents. Accounts of exploration and colonization, histories and narratives of settlement, books of theological and political argument, diaries, sermons, translations, elegies, and long narrative poems became the literature of Colonial Period. Some of the early examples of the period literature are John Smith’s “A Description of New England,” William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, the translation of The Bay Psalm Book, and Michael Wigglesworth’s “The Day of Doom.” Puritan
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