Romantic Poetry in America Through the Dead Poets Society
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Romantic Poetry in AmericaThrough the Dead Poets Society
Mr. Keatings Words of WisdomThe idea of education = learn to think for yourselfThe powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What would your verse be?You must strive to find your own voice
R. W. Emersons Advice to AmericaTrust thyself imitation is suicide (Self-Reliance)We Americans need to interpret our OWN culture, not just rely on British ideas (The American Scholar 1837)We need an American Poet who can sing about OUR country. We need to see nature through American eyes (The Poet
Keating = Emerson?Unorthodox = Not conforming to rules or traditions
Emerson as Mentor
Emerson Inspires ThoreauEmerson encouraged Thoreau to do his experiment of living in the woods.Let Thoreau stay on his landEmerson = inspiring ideas (Nature Self-Reliance)Thoreau = putting it to practice
Emerson Inspires Walt WhitmanYoung Walt tries to be THE American Poet (as Emerson described)Writes Leaves of Grass a collection of poems (fresh, original)Mails the collection to EmersonEmerson congratulates him for having a fresh new voice
Inspiring the Boys
Inspiring the Boys
Emily DickinsonWas born and died in the same houseDidnt get out much (not in contact with Emerson)Wrote 1770+ poems, published only 10 AnonymouslyFound her OWN voice
Emersons Over-soulSingle soul of entire UniverseI become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God (Nature)Whitman & Dickinson also wrote about the soul.
What makes this stanza Romantic? (think of the 5 Is)DAREST thou now, O Soul,Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region,Where neither ground is for the feet, nor any path to follow?