I can't decide on which of the following topics to write my first writing assignment on. So could you all give me your advice. Thanks in advance.
1. The Mariner in Coleridge’s poem is compelled to tell his story to the wedding guest. What characteristics do you think the Mariner (as a younger man), the wedding guest, and Luke-- (in Wordsworth’s "Michael") after he leaves his pastoral setting--share? What insight does this lend to the Romantic’s philosophy related to communion with nature and the effects of conformity to the world?
2. How do Coleridge’s "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Wordsworth’s "Michael," and Blake’s "Chimney Sweeper"(Songs of Experience) provide illustrations of the philosophy embedded in Wordsworth's poem, "The World Is too Much with Us"?
3. The wind is an image used in both Wordsworth’s "Lines Composed above Tintern Abbey," “The World Is too Much With Us,” “Michael,” and Coleridge’s "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." How does the wind become symbolic and help reveal insight about the Romantic perspective of nature and/or creativity?
4. Consider the use of personification in the Romantic poetry assigned thus far. (Hint: Look especially at Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.”) Keeping in mind how the Romantic poets view Nature (capital “N” deliberate here), discuss the particular significance of this technique in Romantic poetry and provide examples from three or more different poems.
5. Both “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” and “Lines Composed above Tintern Abbey” present reflections on what happens as children grow into adults. Compare and/or contrast how the speaker in each of these two poems views the aging process and what, if any, solution is presented to the problem of the child’s loss of communion with nature. Is there a compensation for this loss?
6. Look for the light and dark imagery that appears in Blake’s "The Lamb" and "The Tyger, " his two chimney sweeper poems, and Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality.” How are these poets using this light and dark imagery as symbols? Use three or more of the poems to supply examples to support your thesis.
7. Consider Wordsworth’s idea from his "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" that good poetry is the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" which are "recollected in tranquillity." Considering Coleridge’s "Kubla Kahn," Wordsworth’s "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," and/or "Lines Composed above Tintern Abbey," discuss how these poems illustrate Wordsworth’s idea.
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