Due to the nice weather today, in class we went outside and experienced the effects of nature on our minds, like the romantic writers who fled the cities to experience the beauty of nature in the country. While outside we read two romantic poems, which included many details about nature. The poems contained many of the characteristics of American Romanticism including #3-Shuns(to reject) the artificiality of civilization and seeks unspoiled nature, #5- Champions individual freedom and the worth of the individual, #6- Contemplates nature’s beauty as a path to spiritual and moral development, and #9- Sees poetry as the highest expression of the imagination, because they are in the poetic format.
After reading the poems by ourselves we had to write reflections on how nature affects us. I began by writing about my surroundings and what I was experiencing while being outside. I then went into more detail about the weather, and my feelings towards the nice spring day. The breeze reminded me of the beach, so I went on by writing about the beach and how I would rather be there than in school where there was noisy traffic. Doing this in class was an effective way to get a sense of what American Romantic writers seeked: unspoiled nature.