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Writing with a Purpose: The Antagonistic Metaphor

“Yet no man can write so much and so honestly and not reveal himself in some measure. We can see enough to sense in him an unusually large gap, even a contradiction, between his teaching and his experience. He taught … Continue reading

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Project Prospectus

Working Title: Metaphor with a Purpose: Emerson the Antagonistic Writer Working Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this essay will be to explore the ways in which Emerson uses metaphor to antagonize his readers. Not only does Emerson use bold … Continue reading

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Enslavement of Character Restricts Government Growth

June, 1835 “We bow low to the noted merchants whose influence is felt not only in their native cities, but in most parts of the globe; but our respect does them & ourselves great injustice for their trade is without … Continue reading

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Commentary on Commentary: Analyzing Poetics with the use of R.W. Emerson’s essay Circles

“Commentary: 1a: an explanatory treatise- usually used in plural b: a record of events usually used by a participant- usually used in plural 2a: a systematic series of explanations or interpretations (as of a writing) b: comment 3a:something that serves … Continue reading

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Emerson on Books

“Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a … Continue reading

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A.R. Ammons, Tape for the turn of the year

A.R. Ammons’ book, Tape for the Turn of the Year, can best be described as a hodgepodge of language. There is merit in this assumption as Ammons himself frequently breaks off into slang or vernacular. He sometimes goes as far … Continue reading

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New Historicism

New historicism is a relatively new, and not widely understood method of analyzing and criticizing texts. Stephen Greenblatt has been regarded as the most prominent specialist of new historicism along with his co-author Catherine Gallagher. Together, Greenblatt and Gallagher compiled … Continue reading

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What is English?: A Whole Lot of Reading, Thinking and Writing.

Part 1: What is English? According to Merriam-Webster, the word “English” is an adjective used to describe the language and people of England, it is a noun for the “language, literature, or composition when (in) a subject of study” and … Continue reading

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I Find Comfort in Anonymity, but I’m Working on it: Reflections on the Academic Essay

I entered high school with no formal education in writing an essay. I always assumed that as long as my grammar was somewhat acceptable and spelling errors were at a minimum that I would receive a desirable grade from the … Continue reading

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“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She … Continue reading

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