Lesson 12: Reading Response Assignment

Choose three poems from the required reading in lesson twelve. Discuss how those poems demonstrate the aspects of traditional poetry as shown within the lesson material and other sources outside of the lesson. Finally, explain how those poems collectively make them “American” poetry while still following traditional European poetic style.


  1. Chooses three poems and describes poems within the context of traditional poetry as presented in the lesson 

  2. Provides logical judgment regarding how the chosen poems are “American.” 


William Cullen Bryant: Biography in Context

Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant

The Death of Lincoln” by William Cullen Bryant

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Biography in Context

The Tide Rises-The Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Chaucer” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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