The Natural Landscape: Consider how 1 poem in this unit engages with the natural world or landscape. What larger themes or preoccupations is the poet pointing to by engaging in various ways with the natural world? How would an Eco critic interpret the poem and its engagement with nature?
The Natural Landscape-consider how 1 poem in this unit engages
Write a 1000-word Essay (plus or minus 100 words) on 1 of the topics below.
1. The Natural Landscape:
Firstly, Consider how 1 poem in this unit engages with the natural world or landscape.
Secondly, What larger themes or preoccupations is the poet pointing to by engaging in various ways with the natural world?
Thirdly, How would an Eco critic interpret the poem and its engagement with nature?
Chris Baldick asserts that poetry is a useful genre for the
communication of “heightened intensity of emotion, dignity of
expression, or subtlety of meditation”.
Additionally, Choose 1 poem from this unit and consider the extent to which Baldick’s argument applies to it.
3. Rhetorical Devices:
The Course Notes assert, “this unit will ask you to think about a wide variety of terms associated with literary analysis, from ‘iambic pentameter,’ ‘blank verse,’ ‘heroic couplets,’ ‘quatrains,’ and ‘tercets,’ to ‘enjambment,’ ‘apostrophe,’ ‘allusion,’ ‘anaphora,’ ‘personification,’ ‘alliteration,’ and ‘pathos.’”
Further, Choose 1 rhetorical device from this list and consider its use in 1 poem from this unit.
Additionally, How does the poet’s use of the rhetorical device advance the poem’s larger themes or preoccupations?
The poems that I can choose for these essays are the following:
John Milton, from Paradise Lost (Book 1: 1-49)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How Do I Love Thee?
Thomas Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to the West Wind”
John Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale”
William Blake, “London”
William Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey”
Emily Dickinson, “Because I could not stop for Death”
Thomas Hardy, “The Darkling Thrush”
Wilfred Owen “Disabled”
W.B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”
W.H. Auden, “Stop All the Clocks”
Sylvia Plath, “Daddy”
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