Journal #5 is due in class on Monday, July 20th. Choose from one of the following prompts, or come up with a topic of your own choosing.
Consider the impact of Emerson's notion of "self-reliance" upon personal relationships.
If Emerson advocates self-reliance, what kind of relationship to the self does Thoreau encourage? Give that relationship a name and explain why it fits.
Examine the relationship between "I" and "you" in Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself."
Consider the question of audience with respect to Emily Dickinson. Who was she writing for? And why? (Here it would be wise not just to rely on the biographical data, but to think about this in terms of the specific poems you read.)