The Period of Colonization & Revolution (The early 17th c to the end…
The Period of Colonization & Revolution (The early 17th c to the end of the 18th c)
prolific writer- 450 works
witch craft- Salem
To My Dear and Loving Husband
dichotomous thinking. Husband & wife, man & woman, west & east, happiness & unhappiness, love& riches.
The poem is related with her own life. It is individualistic.
earthly pleasures and possessions shallow and useless when compared to the rewards of heaven
She and her husband establish God’s plan like Americans
The Flesh and The Spirit
Flesh – velvet, silk, oriental pearls.
Spirit- no earthly desires
She rejects earthly desires because she is a Puritan
the first man who started Am lit.
- 1771 is an inspiring account of a poor boy’s rise to high position.
to inform about his life & educate the readr in ways to better live life
what life was like in 18th c America
The only way of getting over life’s obstacles by finding “methods”, learning, searching, and finding the best method.
established the idea of American Dream
Poor Richard's Almanack
o “God helps them that help themselves. Laziness travel so slowly that poetry soon overtakes him. Be aware of little expenses.
o “A small leak will sink a great ship.”
Followed Eng. essayist style but developed his own style that was direct and practical.
Brilliant, industrious, hardworking, political, Statesman, scientists, author
the first Am poet
ollowing A m poetry tradition
The first great nationalist poet that glorifies the Am cause or describes nature in its fullest beauty.
became the supporter of Am. during the Revolutionary War.
Directly wrote Am nature- physical nature- animals, trees, plants, and what one could find in his surroundings that made him purely Am.
His poems involve sounds of the words that create changes in rhythm
“The Wild Honeysuckle”
starts with an apostrophe. He directly in touch with nature. It is a negative poem. Nature is responsible for killing the flower. Nature is not a friend. No carpe diem idea. Life is short but death is inevitable. Enjoy the good by remembering death.
“On a Honeybee”
Drinking from a Glass of wine and Drowned Therein
starts with an apostrophe. A personification. Freneau drinks wine and the bee comes and drowns in wine. He is talking to the bee as if equal. He talks about Greek Gods—not Puritan- ungodly speaking. The nice relationship, wine is its lake so be it whatever reason is being heard. He denies dualistic thinking of Puritans. Get rid of the elect- afterlife- Puritan values. No good/ bad. The way nature is beautiful.