Everyone always talks about the early America, how it started the thinking of people today. Throughout this report you will understand more about early America. People always say America is a land of beginnings, well after Europeans discovered America, the New World became peoples hope for a new life. They tried to escape from poverty and just to start over.
So we know that America started with hope but does the American writers? In order for something to begin there needs to have experiences. So the writers looked back on American history. They even had to go as far as before Christopher Columbus, and even before the year 1000. At that time the Native Americans lived here. They each had a tribe and their writings were very personal to how they lived their life and how they knew of America. They also had to think about all their fears and even the excitement in life itself.
Some of the people lived and died horrible lives so the ones that survived it told others all about it. Some unforgettable and some hard to even believe, but that's how the people of the early America lived. The New World had lots of experiences for the new writers to tell. Some of the new writers included John Smith; he only spent two in a half years in America. Jonathan Edward's, he thought that a revolution would create a world of literature. He was the first major writer to be educated and lived his whole life in the New World.
When he was eleven he wrote science essays on insects. Then when he was thirteen we went to Yale for religious experience. He wrote Sinners in the Hands of an angry God and still is one of the most famous literary monuments to the 'great Awakenings' The first book published in America was the Bay Psalm Book; it was a translation of the biblical psalms. Many of the puritans kept journals to help they with their relationship with god. The journals and diaries were usually meant to be private.
But somehow they got out to the public. Even when it did get out to the public the puritans said that none of it had ever happened. They did not write to entertain the public they wrote for themselves, and for God. They wrote no fiction, and they didn't even want to read it. They didn't even write poems because they thought didn't like to violate the theater. Everything they wrote avoided Ornate Style, which is a complicated style of writing.
They liked to write in Plain writing, which is to tell the facts as simply as possible. They did not think that writing was a way to show off how much you know or how clever you are, but a way to serve God and the community. William Bradford tells the story of them when we wrote of Plymouth Plantation. He even wrote it in the Plain Style.
He is a gifted writer, he writes not only facts but also feelings. That back then didn't get approved much by the people of his days. When reading his work you feel his struggle, and his fears of the 'starving time'. Times started to change. The southern colonies did not live like the pertains.
They lived on plantations and didn't write plain style. They didn't even live that same way. They lived far away form each other. They were more into letters public reports, and the told details of their lives. They wrote about politics and put some excitement into how they wrote.
William Byrd was a between the world being more widely and witty southerners and really didn't like the puritans.