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Unformatted text preview: American Lit. 26 April: Mon . Emily Dickinson: know the 1 st lines of her poems- William Cullan Bryant : pg. 288 “Thanatopsis” ( Death in Greek); a view of death-When you died you become a part of nature-Theme ? Nature…you die, you return to nature-What would make this American ? Common fate ; There’s a leveling down to a common level. We call ourselves a democracy (1 man/1vote). There’s a certain equality that happens, regardless of your status.-He was poised between a romantic and pagan view…his view would be an immicable or horrifying to the Puritan for bathers. (Very neo-classical). Thoreau :-wrote Civil Disobedience & Walden-He’s very visual, uses images-Views the individual as thinking it is important, but not on a self absorbed/narcissist level-“March to your own drummer,” type of dude-Spends a lot of time exploring his internal world -Themes? Nature, Journey, Individual, Auth. vs. Freedom as well-primarily in Walden, the development of the individual...
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course AMERICAN L 101 taught by Professor Erinsledd during the Spring '10 term at SPSU.
- Spring '10