Nature and Self-Reliance (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Topics: Writer
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

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