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Name: Thomas Caldwell Date: 06/30/20 Facilitator: Amy Smart School: Pell City High School 4.05 Literary Devices Directions: Using textual evidence from the poem, answer each question in sentence form. 1. According to the poem “Thanatopsis,” what can nature teach people about life and death? To me, this poem is saying that nature will teach or tell us different things at different times. If we are having good moments, nature contributes to those. If we are having bad moments, nature will be there to help us through those problems instead of God. Death is part of a never-ending cycle with all mankind. We should not worry so much about death but rather what we can do with this life we live. The author wants us as the readers to understand that we are all connected to the world. The rivers, rocks, dirt, clouds and etc. are all buy one entity. Each person that has died is “brother to the insensible rock/And to the sluggish clod.” 2. What is the implicit theme of “Thanatopsis,” and how did you infer this? The theme(s) of the poem is death and nature. The writer does not see death as something to be afraid of.

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