American Rennassance

Topics: Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walden Pages: 2 (454 words) Published: May 16, 2013

|Name: Anna-Nicole Gambrell |Date: April 26, 2013 |

Graded Assignment

Unit Test, Part 2: American Renaissance

Answer the questions using complete sentences. You may use your text to support your answers.

(15 points)

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1. Compare and contrast Emerson’s poem “The Snow-Storm” with Emily Dickinson’s poem “It Sifts from Leaden Sieves.” In what ways are their depictions of the snowstorms similar and different? How do the differences affect the mood of each piece?

Answer: The poems “The Snow Storm” and “It Sifts from Leaden Sieves” are alike because they are both describing snow falling and the things the snow covers and how it covers it. The poems are different because Emerson never actually mentions snow but the way he words his poem you know exactly what he’s talking about. Emily Dickenson directly mentions snow so you know right from the start what she is talking about.

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2. Choose a poem from Whitman, and explain how it reveals Romantic thinking. Cite examples from the poem as your support.

Answer: I chose “To a Stranger” by Whitman. It reveals romantic thinking because he writes, “you must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,).” He describes this like he was looking to find someone he had seen in a dream before. “I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you”, he says. Its sort of like he is describing a déjà vu. Like he feels like he had live a life of joy and happiness with a person but is not really sure of it.

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3. Reread this quotation from near the end of “Walden Pond”:

Many a forenoon have I stolen away, preferring to spend thus the most valued part of the day; for I was rich, if not in money,...
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