Individualism. A Romantic and Transcendental Thought. Transcendentalism. Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism.
A Romantic and Transcendental Thought
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Read the following poem and…
Write an appropriate title
Explain what the poem “lists” and if it is effective.
Six Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
Chewing gum wrappers.
School handouts, two weeks overdue.
Three rubber bands.
A five-inch-tall stuffed dog.
Four small blood stains.
Two smooth, gray rocks.
Four pencils with no lead and no eraser.
Fourteen pale pink ribbons.
Someone's phone number scribbled on a Heath Bar wrapper.
Head lice, once.
Plans of her own.
Romanticism & The American Dream
Cycle of LIFE and DEATH
Feeling the reader gets
Words that imitate sounds
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Who is talking in the piece
Lines that are repeated in verse
Edgar Allan Poe
(Adapted from) How Death is Handled in Various Cultures
Why do all cultures have clear identifiable rituals for handling death? What does this tell us about all humans? Does this prove that Poe was right with his poem?
Compare/Contrast Poe’s theme of “Death Triumphs over Life” to one of the cultures’ view of death.
Because I could not Stop for Death—
HE kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just Ourselves—
We slowly drove—He knew no haste
And I had put away
My labor and my leisure too,
For his Civility—
We passed the School, where Children strove 10 At Recess—in the Ring—
We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain—
Or rather HE passed us—
We passed the Setting Sun—
We paused before a House that seemed
A Swelling of the Ground—
The Roof was scarcely visible—
The Cornice —in the Ground—
Since then—’tis Centuries—and yet
Feels shorter than the Day
I first surmised the HorsesHeads
Were toward Eternity—
Which view of the cycle of life and death do you identify with the most—Poe’s or Dickinson’s? Explain.