Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. ” Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. . To what extent are Emerson ideals reflected in contemporary American life (I. E. , movies, television shows, ordinary social behavior)? Are there any well-known personalities in America today who seem to embody Emerson ideal of self-reliance? “The Rhoda” 1. The poet finds the Rhoda hidden away in the woods, as if “to please the desert and the sluggish brook. ” How do these facts relate to the question that prefaces the poem? The question of why the flower is hidden, its “charm… Wasted on the earth and sky,” seems to be put aside by the poet’s saying, “l never thought to ask, I never knew. Still, there is an answer in the poem.Order now
In what way is the poet’s “simple ignorance” really a profound wisdom? “Terminus” 1. In what way is taking in a boat’s sail linked to growing old? In lines 6-32, “the god of bounds” (Terminus) gives advice to the poet. Whereas the poet has compared his life to a ship’s voyage , Terminus compares this life to a tree which has reached its limits of growth and must send out no new branches or root. In what ways do both comparisons represent a human life? The advice the poet receives from Terminus is restrictive: contract your scope, choose mongo your projects, economize your lessening energies, “mature” the “fruit” you already have.
How is this advice “timely wise”? 4. Despite this somewhat depressing advice, the poet returns to his own view of old age and t o the comparison of his life with a ship’s voyage. He will follow still the inner voice he has always obeyed. In the last four lines, how does he say he will face old age and death? “Concord Hymn” 1 . 2. 3. What is meant by “the shot heard round the world”? What appeal is made in the last stanza? Why is the word hymn a suitable word to describe the poem?