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Write an 5-7 page essay analyzing 3 poems or (2 poems and an essay) about the subject of nature. The poets/essayists you select should have observed nature and concluded in their work a better or preferable way humans should live based on nature’s wisdom. Your essay will analyze how their works deliver a unifying message, but point up the contrasts in how they express this message. You must select poems and essays from the recommended AP reading list. Poets: W. H. Auden; Elizabeth Bishop; William Blake; Anne Bradstreet; Edward Kamau Brathwaite; Gwendolyn Brooks; Robert Browning; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Lorna Dee Cervantes; Geoffrey Chaucer; Lucille Clifton; Samuel Taylor coleridge; Billy Collins; H.D. (Hilda Doolittle); Emily Dickinson; John Donne; Rita Dove; Paul Laurence Dunbar; T.S. Eliot; Robert Frost; Joy Harjo; Seamus Heaney; George Herbert; Garret Hongo; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Langston Hughes; Ben Jonson; John Keats; Philip Larkin; Robert Lowell; Andrew Marvell; John Milton; Marianne Moore; Sylvia Plath; Edgar Allan Poe; Alexander Pope; Adrienne Rich; Anne Sexton; William Shakespeare; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Leslie Marmon Silko; Cathy Song; Wallace Stevens; Alfred Lord Tennyson; Derek Walcott; Walt Whitman; Richard Wilbur; William Carlos Williams; William Wordsworth; William Butler Yeats

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Essayists: Joseph Addison; Gloria Anzaldua; Matthew Arnold; James Baldwin; James Boswell; Jesus Colon; Joan Didion; Frederick Douglass; W. E. B. Du Bois; Ralph Waldo Emerson; William Hazlitt; Rachel Carson; Samuel Johnson; Charles Lamb; Thomas Macaulay; Mary McCarthy; John Stuart Mill; George Orwell; Michael Pollan; Richard Rodriguez; Edward Said; Lewis Thomas; Henry David Thoreau; E. B. White; Virginia Woolf

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Name 1
Nature in Poems
The ability of nature to have things in place so that there is a natural balance is amazing.
Such great wisdom if taken into consideration by humans can lead to a healthier life without
chaos. Poets and creative literature authors have relaid the knowledge about nature's wisdom.
Emily Dickenson, for instance, clarifies that nature is simple since it is what people see, from the
poem, Nature is What We See. William Wordsworth reveals to his audience that nature is living
and can interact with it and with people. Through personification the poem, I wandered lonely as
a cloud appreciates the soothing features of nature. Finally, Robert Frost for his part speaks of
the cyclic feature of nature and pointing out that nothing good lasts. In this poem, Nothing Gold
Can Stay, he encourages people to appreciate good things 'while they last.' While all these poets
reveal different pearls of wisdom of nature, the approaches used by the poets are different and in
each case, has a particular impact on the audience. In this essay, the wisdom of nature as simple,
having the ability to coexist peacefully and being of value, is discussed. The Poems of references
will be the poems mentioned above by Dickenson, Wordsworth, and Frost. Finally, the different
approaches used by the poets will be examined showing how each method has a different impact
on the audience.
Nature as Simple

Name 2
Dickenson in her poem does not say anything new, and in fact, she acknowledges that in
the line, “Nature is what we know” (Dickenson) of the poem Nature Is What We See. However,
she somehow clarifies to people what nature is by repeating what people already know so that
those who might have a different or complicated idea about nature can stop and understand
nature as simple. She, therefore, begins by pointing out that “nature” is what we see”
(Dickenson). In this case, she is referring to the primary natural things around people such as
trees, people, rivers, and others. In fact, the poet mentions some of the things that she believes
are part of nature and are what people see. She cites the hills and the afternoon in line two,
squirrel, ecli...

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