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American Literature 2360 Exam 1

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Whitman
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-Song of myself
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Song of myself
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-Nature -Self reliance -Trust your own experiences
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Dickinson
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-207 -236 -260 -479 -591
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207
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-She is drunk off nature -There is value in experience -Life is worth indulging
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236
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-She worships outside -She sees herself as a piece of God -She thinks she is already in Heaven
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260
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-She enjoys her privacy and individuality
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479
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-Basically about death -She’s been buried for centuries but it only feels like a day -Afterlife is spent in an earthly grave -No heaven or hell
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591
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-People are waiting around for the king (god) -She is underwhelmed by what actually comes (the fly) -Fly comes because it is attracted to death
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Frost
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-Mending wall -The road not taken -Desert places
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Mending Wall
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-Speaker does not like the wall-has a sarcastic tone -Neighbor likes the wall- thinks boundaries are good -Speaker thinks neighbor is stuck in the past -Ironic bc: he wants his respected space, but without the wall -The wall brings them together -The wall can separate us as well as mend us
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The Road Not Taken
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-Centers around daily decisions we make and that can alter our course, or they can change very little -Roads are the same -We want to be an individual -We aren’t that different from anyone else
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Desert Places
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-He does not feel apart of the environment -Nature has no expression, we give it expression -His feelings scare him enough that he is not scared of space
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Pathetic fallacy
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Human emotion/characteristics are applied to objects or entities
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Sandbury
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-Chicago
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Chicago
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-Area is rough -Life is hard -The people seem unbothered -The people found joy in something childlike they can all connect to
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Williams
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-Red wheelbarrow -Spring and all -This is just to say
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Red Wheelbarrow
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-Common objects that common people can relate to -Rural setting -Simplistic -Clarity of thought in a singular moment
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Spring and All
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-Human experience is happening as the seasonal transitions occur
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This Is Just To Say
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-apology letter to his wife
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Eliot
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-The love song of J Alfred Prufrock
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Metaphysical conceit
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sets up an analogy between one entity’s spiritual qualities and an object in the physical world and sometimes controls the whole structure of the poem
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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
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-First 3 lines are metaphysical conceit -Emphasizes there will be time -Not carpe diem -Suggests modern man is insecure about their identity, overemphasis on self-awareness
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Mckay
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-The harlem dancer -America
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The Harlem Dancer
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-She is seen as an object -Double consciousness
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America
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-Ideas of equality will sink if not applied -America’s future does not look good
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Hughes
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-I, too -Democracy -Theme for english b
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I, Too
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-Hopeful -Proud
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Democracy
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-Less hopeful -Urgent, charged
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Theme For English B
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-Student writing to a teacher -Only colored person in the class -Being American is being equal-black and whites are both Americans
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Bishop
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-In the waiting room
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Brooks
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-Kitchenette building
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Kitchenette Building
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-They don’t want to live there -Not a home, just a building -Dream is described as white and violet -Access to their goals is limited (warm water)
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Ginsberg
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-Howl
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Howl
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-He wants to be heard -Talks about misunderstood free, self reliant people -Moloch: banks, justice systems, wars -“holy:” counterbalance of realities of Rockland -Holiness is a salvation
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Plath
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-Morning song -Lady lazarus
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Morning Song
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-“new stature”” admiration, permanence -“effacement:” erased, kind of a drag -Confession in the poem: i’m not into being a mother
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Clifton
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-The lost baby poem -Homage to my hips
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The Lost Baby Poem
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-About abortion -Child would have been born into poverty, cold unsafe, harsh conditions -She wants to be a good mother to her definite kids, but if she isn’t, then nothing else matters
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Homage To My Hips
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-Her hips are: entrancing, give life, free, empowered
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Persona/speaker
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Point of view
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Line
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Arranges nouns, rhythm ect
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Stanza
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Resembles a paragraph
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Rhyme scheme
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Aural pattern, usually in conventional forms
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End rhyme
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Rhyme at end of lines
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Anaphora
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Repetition of a word/phrase at beginning or end
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Conceit
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Comparison of two dissimilar things