numerous authors. One major belief that swept through the period was the belief of a natural unspoiled world. This specific view that originated from the Romantic Movement can be seen through the perspectives brought forth on nature, from the works “Thanatopsis” and “From Nature”. William Cullen Bryant and Ralph Waldo Emerson both have similar perspectives on the peace and happiness that is brought forth to man by nature. Another similarity in the two author’s perspectives is that Nature is an omnipresent
"The Epilogue," mostly set to popular British melodies and in manner resembling other British poems of the period. The most memorable American poet of the period was Philip Freneau, whose first well-known poems, Revolutionary War satires, served as effective propaganda; later he turned to various aspects of the American scene. Although he wrote much in the stilted manner of the Neoclassicists, such poems as "The Indian Burying Ground," "The Wild Honey Suckle," "To a Caty-did," and "On a Honey Bee"
(1577-1644), during his stay in the colony as its treasurer, translated ten books of Ovid's _Metamorphoses_, sometimes working by the light of a pine knot. This work is rescued from the class of mere translation by its literary art and imaginative interpretation, and it possesses for us an additional interest because of its nativity amid such surroundings. Two lines telling how Philemon "Took down a flitch of bacon with a prung, That long had in the smoky chimney hung," show that his environment
lacked footnotes, and he lacked experience of poetry before the Romantics. With disarming candor he confessed that he had no idea what these three plants were doing in the poem, and then desperately suggested that Byron might have seen them on the road somewhere between Florence and Pisa and been inspired to put them in his poem the way you might put plants in your ofﬁce. I wrote in the margin that these were symbolic plants and he had to look them up. But where, exactly, do you send a student
the mass murder, the collapsing skyscraper, the fanatical terrorist, the mass grave. Yet schadenfreude may be only one aspect of the alterior fascination with representations of violence and death. Another may be what was, in the past, called thanatopsis, the contemplation of death. Since death is the fate of all, interest in, and meditation on it, was seen as a normal, even a moral requirement. The 18th-century biographer, James Boswell, justiﬁed his attendance at public hangings on the basis
themes are terms that have several definitions, this paragraph sets the parameters for the interpretation of the theme within the essay. Additional quotes from literature with a similar thematic interpretation furnish a brief literary history of the term. The body of the essay includes a discussion of three novels, each with a brief plot summary, important critical aspects of the novel, and an interpretation of the theme appropriate to the novel. Because of the difference in the content of the novels