Explain why/how these aspects reflect the ideas of Western Romanticism.

Essay #1
Write a response of 150-200 words to one of the topics listed below. Your completed Journal should include evidence of familiarity with the assigned readings in addition to your personal reflections on the topic.

2. In the Words of Wordsworth: Explain what Wordsworth means when he calls nature “The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse, / The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul / Of all my moral being.” Compare your own responses to nature and the natural landscape. To what extent do you share the Romantic view of nature?

Essay #2
Write a response of 150-200 words to one of the topics listed below. Your completed Journal should include evidence of familiarity with the assigned readings in addition to your personal reflections on the topic.

2. Nineteenth-Century Stereotypes: Describe in your own words how nineteenth-century stereotypes influenced the way women were portrayed in the literature of the period. Explain why George Sand shocked many of her contemporaries and how her writings and her life contradicted the stereotype offered by Romantic poets like Heine.

Essay #3
Write a response of 150-200 words to one of the topics listed below. Your completed Journal should include evidence of familiarity with the assigned readings in addition to your personal reflections on the topic. Your writing must be well organized and contain correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

2. Romanticism in the East: Romantic era architects took some cues and inspiration from the “exotic” East. Give examples of “Romantic” architecture and describe what aspects of the buildings reflect eastern influences. What other aspects of the architecture of the time demonstate the “Romatic” style? Explain why/how these aspects reflect the ideas of Western Romanticism.

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