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4.6.4: Reading and Review Questions
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- In “Thanatopsis,” how does Bryant use the senses to convey a conception of death?
- In “Thanatopsis,” what concrete objects in nature convey a conception of death, and why?
- How, if at all, does Bryant present America—the land of America—as a democracy of death in “Thanatopsis?”
- How might the Water Fowl in “To a Waterfowl” be a Romantic image, that is, an imaginative ideal realized in an actual object of nature? What do you think the Water Fowl represents?
- In “The Prairies,” how do the Prairies represent both the promise and the destructiveness of America, the new land? Why?