Thanatopsis l.jpg
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 6

Thanatopsis PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 594 Views
  • Updated On :
  • Presentation posted in: General

Thanatopsis. By William Cullen Bryant. Thanatopsis: Literary Focus: Theme. The theme of a poem is what the poet is saying about life. Usually poets do not state their themes directly. Instead, you have to think about what all the words, images, and figures of speech say to you.

Download Presentation

Thanatopsis

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Thanatopsis l.jpg

Thanatopsis

By William Cullen Bryant


Thanatopsis literary focus theme l.jpg

Thanatopsis: Literary Focus: Theme

  • The theme of a poem is what the poet is saying about life.

  • Usually poets do not state their themes directly.

    • Instead, you have to think about what all the words, images, and figures of speech say to you.

    • The subject of “Thanatopsis” is what happens to people when they die.

    • What the poem says about this subject is its theme.


Thanatopsis reading skill inverted sentences l.jpg

Thanatopsis: Reading Skill: Inverted Sentences

  • William Cullen Bryant often makes use of inversion, a rearrangement of the usual word order in sentences.

  • The usual order of words in Standard English sentences is subject, then verb, and then object: Reika kicked the ball.

  • An inverted order might be: The ball Reika kicked.

  • If you have trouble understanding sentences in the poem, try rearranging the words.


William cullen bryant l.jpg

William Cullen Bryant

  • William Cullen Bryant was a Romantic Poet.

  • In his time that title did not refer to a person who writes poetry about love.

    • Instead, it referred to a poet who shows an emotional response to life.

    • Romantic poets placed feelings above thought.

    • They valued poetry and rural life above science and the city life.

    • They believed that studying nature outdoors could bring as much truth to humans as doing scientific experiments.

    • “Thanatopsis” is a nature poem in which Bryant presents his view (opsis, in Greek) of death (thanatos).


Thanatopsis poetic form l.jpg

Thanatopsis: Poetic Form

  • The poetic form that Bryant uses for “Thanatopsis” is blank verse.

  • If you look at the lines of the poem, you will see that the lines do not rhyme.

  • Most lines have the same number of syllables and a regular rhythm.


Thanatopsis into the poem l.jpg

Thanatopsis: Into the Poem

  • William Cullen Bryant was in his late teens when he wrote his first draft of “Thanatopsis.”

  • He was looking for answers to how to accept death.

  • He finds his answers in nature.

  • He observes that when we die, we become a part of nature, along with everyone else who has already died and everyone who will die.


  • Login