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In "Thanatopsis", what is the voice of nature framed by?

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littleangels | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2007 at 4:43 AM via web

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In "Thanatopsis", what is the voice of nature framed by?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 18, 2007 at 5:01 AM (Answer #1)

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Thanatopsis is Bryant's meditation on human mortality.  The voice of nature occurs in the middle of the poem, and is framed at the beginning and end by the voice of a human mortal who is scared of death.  Nature provides three sources of consolation for that mortality:  1. all people die; the human is not alone.  2. the circle of life benefits from death and it is a human destiny  3. a sense of belonging comes from being at one with nature.

 

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