I chose the Monk by the Sea painting and the Nightingale poem from the book of poems. The two share thematic and aesthetic similarities under the umbrella of Romanticism.

The painting depicts a Monk staring wistfully out at the ocean. The colors are muted and the focus is on the bottom of the painting. The scene embodies darkness and lack of natural life. The horizontal strokes lengthen the feeling of the painting; it does not feel like an afterthought but thematically important.

The poem is guided by gothic undertones and a yearning overtone. It describes a bird singing late in the day and details how it reminds the author of the Philomea, a much older character who was famously raped. The poem is dark and of moderate length and sentence length is moderate. There is no flashy rhyming, the poem is to he point and not adorned with much but allusions.

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  1. The most original idea in your blog post is “The horizontal strokes lengthen the feeling of the painting; it does not feel like an afterthought but thematically important.” I think focusing on the brushstrokes in a painting is a form of close reading. To improve this blog post I suggest attaching a picture of The Monk By The Sea so the reader has a chance to see immediately what you are discussing and do a little close reading for themselves.

    Extra Credit 8/10

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