Monthly Archives: February 2017

On: Phillis Wheatley

Enslaved in Senegal [in a region that is now in Gambia] at age eight and brought to America on a schooner called the Phillis (for which she was apparently named), Phillis Wheatley became the first African American and one of the … Continue reading

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Robert Burns

Celebrated as “The People’s Poet,” Robert Burns is a significant figure in British Romanticism who is unique in his specific attention of carrying on the oral tradition. His poetry is composed in a mixture of the Scottish language and English, … Continue reading

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Notes on Charlotte Smith’s “Beachy Head”

“Beachy Head” Begins and takes the traditional Romantic road of following train of thought Geological exploration- the stretch of human curiosity versus the inconsequentiality of human life in the grand schema of the universe Reflective poetry as internal poetry/conversation with … Continue reading

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Charlotte Smith’s “Beachy Head”

In Smith’s poem, “Beachy Head,” the use of descriptive language is heavily employed. In the very first line, Smith uses the term sublime to describe the summit. At first, I was taken aback by this. Should she not be focused on … Continue reading

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Notes on Robert Burns

How does Robert Burns contribute to Romanticism? Less than 100 years later, Victorians went back to extreme repression as a means of expression, artistically and socially Where is Robert Burns intense fixation on passion, emotion, individualism and sexuality serve as … Continue reading

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Notes on Robert Burns

Called “the People’s Poet,” Robert Burns for many signifies the Romantic ideal to write in the common man’s tongue and in the tradition of one’s environment. He uses Scots instead of English, folk lore instead of classical myth, and local … Continue reading

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On: Slavery in Context

This week’s reading on the section of slavery really made me consider the implications of slavery on the class system that we have in place today. What many fail to understand when leftists say that race and class are inextricable … Continue reading

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