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ENGL 168 Questions 1. Feel/Feeling a. “Nature as Imagination” William Blake ln 1 b. “Primary Laws” Wordsworth ln 10 c. “The Dialectic of Mind and Nature” Coleridge ln 3rd from end d. All of these poets seem to trust their feelings rather than being rational. Why is that? e. Howcome Blake uses feel to describe an irrational epiphany where as Coleridge describes the feeling as always having been inside and was just revealed? 2. How does Blakes statement of “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing which stands in the way.” demonstrate the different perspectives people have? a. What does Wordsworth mean when he says, “the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity?” 3. Why do both Blake and Wordsworth strive to make the ordinary extraordinary through their writings? Are they successful? a. Both Wordsworth and Coleridge describe the poet as the purest form of an
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Unformatted text preview: author (compare to historian or biographer). Why does writing poetry facilitate a direct connection with nature and the soul of man? 4. With two of these poems focusing on imagination and the other dwelling on emotions it is clear that these authors focus on the irrational feelings rather than the logical explanation, but what caused this transformation? a. With nature being the focal point of these poems, what does that show us about the relationship between nature and man in this period? How has it changed since Pope and why? 5. Pope writes in much more logical terms, specifically involving a chain of being, is there a similar sense of belonging or has the ideology shifted? a. These poems focus on everything coming from inside oneself rather than a divine being, how is this different than Shakespeares sonnets?...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2008 for the course ENGL 168 taught by Professor Aberle,danielle during the Spring '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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