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American Literature: Civil War To Present Exam 1 Review

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Walt Whitman
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1. Revolutionized American poetry 2. Democrat, teacher, and builder
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Out of the cradle endlessly rocking
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About mocking birds, one died, they started singing, inspired Walt Whitman to become a poet
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Emily Dickinson
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Didn’t want to be a part of society or want fame
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“Success is counted sweetest”
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metaphor of war, person dying, appreciating things more than people who get it all the time
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“Faith is a fine invention”
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Dickinson poem about faith being ok, but science is necessary in an emergency
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“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church”
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go out and enjoy nature to appreciate and worship God instead of going to Church
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“I felt a Funeral in my brain”
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“After great pain, a formal feeling comes”
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“I died for Beauty”
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Emily Dickenson. Guy died for truth and girl died for beauty but ended up finding the same thing in the end. Moss grows up over there grave so there no longer this person
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“Because I could not stop for Death”
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“This is my letter to the World”
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the poem written by Emily Dickinson about how she was not recognized for her poetry during her lifetime, but she knew she would be in the future, told how nature inspired her (romantic idea)
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“I heard a Fly buzz when I died”
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poem about a women who is getting ready to die when a fly buzzes and distracts her from getting ready for death
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“The Brain is wider than the Sky”
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Knowledge is the most powerful thing in the world
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“Much Madness is Divinest sense”
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People who are deemed crazy and do not conform to society are really the ones who are sane while those who conform to society are the crazy ones
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“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”
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sugarcoat the truth so the recipient is not completely destroyed
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“My Life closed twice before it’s close”
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the first 2 are her near death experiences, and the 3rd is her death
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Mark Twain
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The War Prayer
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The War Prayer
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During a church Mass everyone wishes their young men being sent out to battle victory. A prophetic looking man comes in and tells everyone that wishing for their success is wishing for the other sides failure. He is deemed to be insane
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The war prayer has what type of figurative language?
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IRONY: They think they are praying for good things when they are actually praying for the deaths of others.
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William Dean Howells
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Editha
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Editha
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Satire of young woman who challenges weak-willed lover to join army during Spanish-American war and is killed in war. Ex: Romanticism story
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Ambrose Bierce
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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
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Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
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-The character is about to be killed/ hung – bridge life death Ex: Realism story
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Realism
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Stories that could have actually occurred to people or animals in a believable setting.
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Romanticism
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19th-century artistic movement that appealed to emotion rather than reason
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Henry James
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Daisy miller
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Sarah Orne Jewett
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The foreigner
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Kate Chopin
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Story of an hour
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The Storm
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