Using the Transcendentalism resource page, list three characteristics of Transcendentalism.
How did Transcendentalists feel about nature? What did Transcendentalists feel about the inherent nature of human beings (were humans inherently good or evil)?
Transcendentalists believe that individuals "transcend" by learning from and living in harmony with nature. Thoreau put this philosophy into practice by living alone in a cabin he built himself at Walden Pond for two years (1845 -1847). Thoreau's experiences during this period provided him with the material for his masterwork Walden (1854). The quote below is from Walden. Describe two specific things Thoreau learned about life by translating the lines below in your own words:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.... I wanted to live deeply and suck out all the marrow of life." (Walden)
Which two great passive resistance leaders were influenced by the premise of Transcendentalism through the works of Thoreau and Emerson?
Click on the following link to read Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee"
Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
After reviewing the Romanticism resource page and the poem, identify two characteristics of Romanticism found in this poem. Identify specific examples (lines) in the poem that represent each of the characteristics you have chosen. After identifying the lines, explain (in your own words) how the lines represent the characteristics of Romanticism. For example: line 3 "my love was a love" is an example of idealism because...
Using the links below, find one quote from Emerson and one from Thoreau that best exemplifies your definition of...