English 212 Week 3 Notes
English 212 Week 3 Notes Engl 212
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1 English 212 Week Three Notes 1. William Cullen Bryant: “Thanatopsis” a. A view of death from the optimism viewpoint. Bryant portrays death as natural, unavoidable, and just part of existing as humans in a somewhat cheerful/uplifting tone. Discusses how everyone dies so it should be embraced rather than feared. Believes dying is the natural cycle of life and death brings a type of rebirth because we can replenish/nourish the earth since we’re recycled in a way and can become something new/something else. The poem’s intention was to ease the emotional pain and to comfort readers by saying everyone will eventually go the same route. 2. Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The American Scholar” a. A college graduation speech delivered by Emerson when he was graduating from Harvard. Broken down into 3 major sections (which are numbered Roman Numeral style in the essay). He describes the three kinds of influences on the scholar’s education: nature, books, and action. The first section is about nature (more specifically how nature is the most important influence on the mind). Says you can’t be an American without having a relation (or connection) to the outdoors (nature) and that you have to involve nature so you should find a way to connect with nature. The second section discusses the past in relation to books (more specifically how the past is manifested in books). He says you have to have a past and have a certain relationship with it to be an American Scholar. You can’t fear or dwell on the past. Says books were written by people just like you who had the passion and determination to put it on paper and that’s all it is. Says to focus on the present but look forward to the future. The third section is about action (more specifically action and its relation to experience). He believes that you need to put your knowledge and skills into action because if not then it’s a waste. You could use your knowledge/skills by sharing it, helping others, leading others, contributing, giving back, or paying it forward. Emerson believes that to achieve a higher state of mind, the American Scholar must reject ideas and think for themselves. He also believes the American Scholar should see and experience the world through their own eyes and not through other people’s influences, beliefs, or experiences. 3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “My Lost Youth” a. A wistful memory poem about youth and what life was like a long time ago. Talks about wanting what has already past and no matter how hard we try; we cannot regain what we lost. Keeps repeating the same line out of a song at the end of every stanza: “A boy’s will is the wind’s will, / And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts” quote would be a great passage ID for this story on the exam. 2 4. John Greenleaf Whittier: “SnowBound: A Winter Idyl” a. Memory poem about the author in his childhood. Whittier is looking back on memories with family and reveling in the past (nostalgic story). Nostalgia sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. Story about a family trapped indoors due to a snowstorm and to pass the time the family takes turns telling nostalgic stories. There’s a part where the author reflects on the past and says that most of his relatives are dead and how surprising it is that they were once alive but not anymore and he’s still here so life must go on. 5. Henry David Thoreau: from “Walden” “Where I Lived, and What I Lived for”; “Conclusion” a. This is a spiritual autobiography (not religious in any way since it doesn’t quote scriptures or talk about the bible). He was trying to get to know himself better and come to a greater understanding with himself as well as the world. Thoreau graduated from college and heard Emerson’s speech so he decided to conduct an experiment which was to live in the woods in a small cabin and live as simply as he could. The theme is simplicity. Thoreau was a minimalist and believed you only needed to live with what was necessary instead of having a bunch of unnecessary clutter. ~passage ID ideas: look for a passage where he talks about simplifying his life and how he did it. Good idea to look around for the words “simplify” or “simplicity” that are repeated multiple times because it gives his viewpoint afterwards as to why he prefers simplicity. ~ 6. Walt Whitman: “Song of Myself” a. Poem that compares us humans to leaves (or blades) of grass. We’re all blades of grass and in the spring we’re born and start growing (fresh, green, renewed) while in the fall we’re brown and crusty and in the winter we die only to be replaced in a new season. It’s a cycle that never stops. The poem itself is a kind of song. He names off 14 pages worth of things that make up him/himself (such as people those people are part of his song; places, memories, events, even the United States – all make up his song). ~passage ID ideas: section where professions/jobs are named then at the end of the section he says “…Of these one and all I weave the song of myself” (ends with the subject and verb); Section 6 where he talks about grass/ leaves of grass and says the grass is “the flag of disposition” while other times it’s “a uniform hieroglyphic” or where he mentions that grass is “the beautiful uncut hair of graves” or says that the grass is “itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation” ~
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