1. What do poets do when they
personify subjects? Choose a poem from the unit that uses personification, identify
the subject that is personified in the poem, and describe how it is
personified. Then explain how personification helps the poet to convey his
ideas about the natural world. Write your answer in a paragraph of at least
2. Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely
as a Cloud” and “To a Butterfly” and Coleridge’s “Sonnet to the River Otter”
and “Lines to a Beautiful Spring in a Village” all deal with memories. Choose
two of these poems, and explain for each poem what the speaker suggests about
how the natural world affects people’s memories. How does this function of the
natural world fit with the Romantic view of nature? Write your answer in two
paragraphs of at least four sentences each.
3. The Romantics thought that people
could turn to nature for comfort. They also identified another important role
for nature in people’s lives—that of teacher. Now that you have read poems by
five Romantic poets, consider what nature teaches in their poetry. Choose two
poems, written by two different authors. Identify the title and author of each
poem. Then explain the lesson that each poet learned from nature as shown in
each poem. Include why this lesson is important for people to learn. Write your
answer in two paragraphs of at least four sentences each.
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