To prepare for the final unit test over American Romanticism, please be sure to review the information in the list below. I have also included the constructed response prompts you will have to choose from – so make sure that you annotate and bring the texts you need with you!

 

For the multiple choice:

  • Be able to identify poetics and devices in “Tide Rises, Tide Falls”, “The Chambered Nautius”, “I like to see it lap the miles”, the first stanza of “Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking”, and the ‘what is grass’ section of “Song of Myself”.
  • Be able to answer questions regarding Emerson’s use of diction, his syntax, the use of paradox and parallelism and how this was influenced by his target audience.
  • Be able to answer questions regarding Thoreau’s use of metaphor, imagery and paradox and how this was influenced by his target audience.

 

For the short answer:

  • Be able to answer questions over the syntax, diction figurative language and authorial importance for The Fireside Poets, Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman.
  • Be able to answer general questions about the ideals of Transcendentalism.
  • Be able to answer general questions that relate issues of the Romantic period back to the Expansionist period (Indian Removal, the boom of big business, the advancement of industry).
  • Be able to discuss the writing style of the Dark Romantics.

 

For the constructed response:

Choose one of the the following prompts to write about…

Examine the form, style and content of the works of the Fireside Poets we read in class (Longfellow and Bryant) and the speech ‘The American Scholar’ by Emerson. Which of these would you consider the first uniquely ‘American’ text? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

 

Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman all used paradox in their text that we read in class. Examine their writings and explain how each of them used this technique, and why.