Monthly Archives: January 2016

Thoughts on “The Old Cumberland Beggar”

Reading this poem, I was torn between whether or not it was appropriate to exalt the beggar’s role in greater society while necessitating that he had to die in Nature. The alternative would be to provide the beggar greater accommodation … Continue reading

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Meteorological Reports

I was doing primary source research for my thesis, and when I was reading an article related to my search terms, I noticed a meteorological report above it. Since I had Bate’s “Living with the Weather” on my mind from … Continue reading

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“Darkness” by Lord Byron

Written in the iambic pentameter, George Gordon’s “Darkness” unfolds an apocalyptic scene in which darkness envelops the human environment, leading to a ubiquitous experience of desperation and loss. The speaker’s beginning line is and self-contradictory, stating that he “had a … Continue reading

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Nature

I found the section, a crisis of the ‘natural’, in Timothy Clark’s introduction to The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment interesting, especially in the distinction he made between nature and the environment. In Clark’s mind, “[in] some ways … Continue reading

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Human Absence-Presence in Keats’ “To Autumn”

Among the Odes of 1819, “To Autumn” remains unusual not inasmuch as it was the last of the series to be composed, although it was; nor for its length and precision, though it is nearly the shortest; and not, in fact, for its … Continue reading

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Authorial Intent: Our World, Their World…Does It Really Matter

While reading Jonathan Bate’s article, “Living with Weather”, I was struck by the idea of applying past texts to current situations. He mentions Michael Foot claiming that Byron was a prophet, predicting nuclear winter. It is extremely unlikely that Byron, … Continue reading

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The Comedy of Survival

Not to buck the everything of this class–that is to say, tragedy–but I found Ursula Heise’s final proclamation for an alteration of environmental genre form to be especially interesting. Her argument that comedy is an alternative to the oft-used templates … Continue reading

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Al Gore and Rachel Carson

While I am sure we will discuss it in much more detail over the course of this term, I’d today like to bring into our discussion the 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. This film was on my mind after completing … Continue reading

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Buddha in the Garden at Winter

This fella, a Bloomingdale native, sits out in front of my small and relatively dark basement apartment. I often find an assortment of scabbed over pennies and nickels resting in the cup of his hands. The other day, however, I found … Continue reading

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Silent Spring and Noisy Disagreements

In 1962 when Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, her work shocked the nation. Today, it continues to do so as we recognize things that are still prevalent in our society. She writes of human’s dominance over nature and the changes … Continue reading

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