June 22nd, 2015
How have these two authors expressed their relationships with nature? After reading and analyzing "The Calypso Borealis," an essay by John Muir, and William Wordsworth's poem, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," write an essay in which you describe how each author views nature and answer the question. Support your discussion with evidence from the text. I. Hook: John Muir and William Wordsworth were both two lonely people who had their love, passion, and connection for nature in common. Nature had brought them an abundance of joy, and took away their loneliness and sad states.
A. Bridge: At some point, they had decided to put it down on paper how it affected them. Muir and Wordsworth described how nature’s essence had healed their minds and healed them of their negativity. The essence of nature brought feelings of peace and serenity to their souls, getting rid of the depression that had once been in their minds. B. Thesis: Wordsworth and Muir convey their deep connection and passion for nature by utilizing similes and hyperboles to assert the reader how much nature has affected their life. II. Topic Sentence: As much as John Muir loves to set off on journeys to discover different, unique kinds of plants, this was one of his favorite encounters he’s ever had, and it was also the one that affected him immensely.
A. Example, Reason, Detail, or Fact?from the text: In the essay, he states that “this Calypso meeting happened some forty-five years ago, and it was more memorable and impressive than any of my meetings with human beings”. B. Explanation: Even though it was a long time before he wrote the essay, finally coming face to face with the Calypso borealis moved him so much. He felt mesmerized by the plant, and he was overwhelmed with passion and emotion at the sight of it. C. Example, Reason, Detail, or Fact?from the text: Muir had also rendered that he had felt “strong...
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