Author Archives: Lauren Saar

Shelley and Murray, Poetry and Nature

Throughout his poetry, Shelley focuses on the human mind and imagination in its relationship to the universe. He often invokes metaphors from nature to help explain his relationship to the outside world. Shelley believes that nature’s sublimity has a creative … Continue reading

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Practical Application in “Ecology without Nature”?

Timothy Morton’s, Ecology without Nature was definitely a challenging read for me this week. I constantly had to check the meaning of terms and found it difficult to get any main points out of what Morton was saying. Despite all … Continue reading

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Romanticism vs Reality in The Woodlanders

Hardy provides many contrasting images and representations of nature throughout The Woodlanders. At times, nature is beautiful and scenic, but at other times it is decayed, dead, or destructive. For example, when Melbury and Grace drive away from the woods, … Continue reading

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Agency and Point of View in The Woodlanders

In “Ecological Hardy,” Richard Kerridge explains that Hardy does not “separate place and person. He will not allow anything, place or person, to stabilize in meaning; its meaning is always the product of a shifting set of relations” (Kerridge). Throughout … Continue reading

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The Waste Land and Renewal?

In American Ecopoetry, Robert Haas states that The Waste Land denotes “a deep injury to the powers of natural and human renewal.” He goes on to say that it is a “world in which connection has failed and the renewing powers of the … Continue reading

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The Revenant – Man and Nature

Hi class! As most of you know, the Oscars was this weekend. I am unashamedly elated that Leonardo DiCaprio won for his performance in The Revenant. Regarding the context of our class, his acceptance speech hit home.  Check out this link and start the … Continue reading

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Mourning and Melancholia, Lycidas, and Melancholia

John Milton’s “Lycidas”, is a pastoral elegy about his deceased friend, Edward King. The speaker laments his friend’s death and goes through several phases of the mourning process. He explains the compulsion to speak, either because of obligation or grief: “Bitter constraint, and … Continue reading

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Heathcliff and Catherine, One with Nature

“‘And if she had been dissolved into earth, or worse, what would you have dreamt of then?’ [Nelly] said. ‘Of dissolving with her, and being more happy still!’ he answered.” In chapter 29, Heathcliff admits to Nelly that he dug … Continue reading

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Wuthering Heights – Characters and their Environment

Considering our class is focused on “tragic ecologies,” I paid special attention to the environmental descriptions in Wuthering Heights. It is not difficult to see the the incredible comparison between the novel’s characters and their environments. The juxtaposition between the two manors, Wuthering Heights … Continue reading

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Environment Photo – Lauren Saar

These photos have great significance for me regarding my “environment.” They were taken in a spare bedroom upstairs at my house in Michigan. The room has a small window and a bed next to it. My dogs love to lay … Continue reading

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