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mostly known for his essays, not poems
What view of nature does Emerson take?
Nature can inspire the human spirit
Central idea of “Self-Reliance”?
rely on your own instincts
Why does emerson allude to individuals such as Socrates, Jesus, and Galileo in “Self-Reliance”?
to inspire readers through the example of their struggles because “to be great is to be misunderstood”
What is Thoreau’s philosophical idea in Walden?
What does Thoreau hope to convey with the description of the path his feet had worn to the pond within a week? (Walden)
Human beings fall to readily into dull routines
What situation caused Thoreau to write “Civil Disobedience”?
The Mexican War
What does Thoreau call for, in terms of government, at the conclusion of the section of “civil disobedience”
a better government
Based on “civil disobedience” what can you infer about Thoreau’s political philosophy?
He believes that people are politically responsible for themselves
In “Because I could not stop for Death”, death is personified as? (Dickinson)
a polite gentleman
What is the central message of “My life closed twice before its close” (Dickinson)
Parting may be the closest we come in life to understanding death
What best summarizes “There’s a Certain Slant of Light”? (Dickinson)
A winter day reminds the speaker of her mortality
Why did Whitman choose to write in free verse?
to express her individuality
to celebrate democracy
to convey a sense of freedom
What can you conclude about Whitman’s epic poetry in “I Hear America Singing”?
The common person is the epic hero in this story
What element makes Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” epic poetry?
it’s theme in heroism of humanity
In Walt Whitman’s poem “Oh Captain! My Captain!” the ship is a metaphor for what?
The United States of America