A couple of random notes on William Cullen Bryantwhich were projected in class.
Heres Bryant in the New York Evening Post, 1844 (in support of what would become Central Park):
As we are now going, we are making a belt of muddy docks all around the island.
Regarding Jeffersons Declaration of Independence
In class Ill be referring to a few texts or sites that pertain to this reading. Just to clarify what those are:
1. The film (musical) 1776 (directed by Peter H. Hunt, 1972). Theres a copy in Carrier Library
Some material on Whittier
For the image that accompanied his Our Countrymen in Chains, see this site:
-This excerpt from James Russell Lowells review of Whitti
[An additional poem by William Cullen Bryant]
SONNETTO COLE, THE PAINTER DEPARTING FOR EUROPE.
THINE eyes shall see the light of distant skies:
Yet, COLE! thy heart shall bear to Europe's strand
A living image of thy native land,
Such as on thy own glorio
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
America, 1774 - 1787
For Gods sake let us come to a final separation, and not leave the next generation to be cutting
throats under the violated unmeaning names of parent and child.
Common Sense, January 1776
Born in Thetford, En
Order of the tales by chronology, with Natty moving farther West with each novel:
The Deerslayer (1841): Natty Bumppos life from initiation to manhood. (Natty professes a
natural philosophy, a belief that every living thing should equally share the gifts
Two faces of fledgling America
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
Both disciplined, fierce about self-improvement, hard-working.
God is distant (Deism)
Cotton Mather (1663-1728)
Writing in 1689 (3 years before the Salem Witch Trials):
[I would] never use but one grain of patience with any man that shall go to
impose upon me a Denial of Devils, or of Witches.
From his Manuductio ad Ministerium (1726):
Mark Twain on Franklins Autobiography
"The subject of this memoir was of a vicious disposition, and early prostituted his
talents to the invention of maxims and aphorisms calculated to inflict suffering
upon the rising generation of all subsequent ages. H
Below is an additional poem by Longfellow, followed by a poem from Emma Lazarus, modeled
after, but different from, Longfellows The Jewish Cemetery at Newport. For a valuable
website on Longfellow, including a database of his poems, go to http:/www.hwlong
Some critics on Washington Irvings Rip van Winkle
Leslie Fiedler, Love and Death in the American Novel (1960):
The figure of Rip Van Winkle presides over the birth of the American imagination and it is fitting
that our first successful homegrown legend sh
Is Edward Taylor a Metaphysical Poet?
A definition: Psychological analysis through extended, often shocking, self-consciously ingenious images.
This poetry emphasizes wit, appealing to the the head more than to the heart.
From D. H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature (1923).
[Concerning Franklins Autobiography]
Here's my creed, against Benjamin's. This is what I believe:
'That I am I.'
'That my soul is a dark forest.'
'That my known self will never be more th