Lesson 12: Journal Assignment

For this journal response you will provide a personal reaction to two poems from the lesson. You will choose one of Bryant’s poems and one of Longfellow’s poems. Provide a two paragraph response in which you do the following:

  1. Identify one poem from each author and simply explain why those two poems stand out for you based on personal taste.

  2. Discuss the topics and themes of the two poems and explain how those topics would be treated by poets living in America today.


  1. Identifies one poem from each author and provides personal reaction to them 

  2. Discusses how poets today would treat the same topics and themes presented within the poems chosen for discussion 


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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