The Emotions of Nature Essay

331 WordsFeb 12, 20092 Pages
This poem talks about nature and how it is related to the emotions of life, death, and romance. This poem contains many different symbols for different emotions. For example, Thanatopsis is a greek god symbolizing death. In this poem it says “To him who in the love of Nature holds / Communion with / her visible forms, she speaks / A various language; for his gayer hours / She has a voice of gladness, and a smile / And eloquence of beauty, and she glides / Into his darker musings, with a mild / And healing sympathy, that steals away / Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts / Of the last bitter hour come like a blight / Over thy spirit, and sad images / Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall, / And breathless darkness, and the narrow house, / Make thee to shudder and grow sick at heart”(lines 1-13). This poem reminds me of when I go into the woods with my dog Toby. When I am out there I notice the many different feelings nature portrays. For example, there is joy and playfulness as the song birds fly and play, there is anger as the squirrels are fighting over a nut, and there is the sadness of the dead bunny being eaten by ants and the rotting tree lying on the ground. This poem also says, “Yet there to thine eternal resting place/ shalt thou retire alone, nor couldst thou wish/ couch more magnificent. Thou shalt lie down/ with patriarchs of the infant world-with kings,/ the powerful of the earth-the wise, the good,/ fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past,/ all in one mighty sepulcher” (31-37). This quote says the earth is the eternal resting ground. It says even after you die your soul will stay on the earth. William Cullen Bryant was obviously not a Christian because if he was he would know your soul would go to heaven. Over all I thought this poem was very boring and
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