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ReaporV253062098mid - Reapor 1 Vanessa Reapor English...

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Reapor 1 Vanessa Reapor English 253-06, Fall Quarter 2009 Dr. Wiley Midterm Essay 10/1/2009 Prompt: In Romanticism, nature is conveyed as an omnipotent force that closely resembles the human life cycle. To what extent do authors use nature as an omnipotent force this mirrors the journey of existence? Why does it matter they they emphasize this power to resemble the life cycle? Direct Evidence: 1. In the second stanza, babes sleep as “they breathe, the celestial [bliss]” (8) and “gaze in eternal calm clarity” (14-15). 2. As humans mature they move “blindly from one to the next moment like water flung from rock to rock down [into] long years [of] uncertainty”(20-24). 3. “From the Seashore,” Bunina particularizes that day after day “the fierce flame scorches the soul” (31-32). 4. Lamartine illustrates that as adults reach the finishing stages of living they should embrace “the delicate scent of [earth’s] fragrant breeze, [and] everything that [you] hear and see and breathe, awaken the memory of—[your being]” (62-64). 5. In her poem “From the Seashore,” also exhibits how after a human eventually dies “tears [will run] dry in troubled eyes” (37-38).
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Reapor 2 Abstract: Nature’s Course These correlations between nature and humans exemplify that just like natures constant changes whether it be the alternation of seasons or the fickleness of the weather, life too becomes uncertain. In the poem “Hyperion’s Song of Fate” (1797), Friedrich Holderlin of Germany illustrates the features of the early stages of life, childhood. Holderlin once again demonstrates the aspects of the next step of the life cycle, adolescents and early adulthood in “Hyperion’s Song of Fate” (1797). Anna Petrovna Bunina of Russia doesn’t focus on the beginning stages of life, but instead concentrates on the midlife to mature adulthood. “The Lake,” written by Alphonse de Lamartine of France concentrates upon late adulthood of the life cycle and the ideas of death, and not on the early stages of existence nor mature adulthood. Bunina not only demonstrates the midlife to mature adulthood of the stages of life, but as well as the final stage: dying and
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