In what style does William Cullen Bryant write?

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William Cullen Bryant's poem "Thanatopsis," for instance, that begins,

To him who in the love of Nature holds

Communion with her visible forms, she speaks

A various language.....

clearly provides evidence that Bryant was an authentic voice for Romanticism.  For, he combines the delight and emotion of the Romantic in the presence of Nature with the dignity of the individual who draws moral lessons from nature.  In "Thanatopsis," for instance, Bryant adheres to the Romantic spirit of drawing lessons of growth, death, and rebirth.  In fact, he glories in the idea that in death man is reunited with nature:

...shalt thou go

To mix forever with the elements,

To be a brother to the insensible rock...

...The oak

Shall send his roots abroad, and pierce thy mold.

Much like other Romantic poets, Bryant was of the thought that poetry was spiritual, uplifting the soul of the individual.  In addition, Bryant's poetry often offers a very direct and simplistic observation of nature, with clear and direct verse.

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