Identify TEN (10) of the following items (be as specific as you can), and comment on their significance in as much detail as possible; feel free to make connections with other works by the same author, or by other authors. Of the TEN you choose to identify and comment on, you must choose at least TWO by Poe, TWO by Hawthorne, THREE by Melville, and ONE by Thoreau. Do not use point form in your answers:

1. Mary Goffe

2. Who ain’t a slave?

3. Why preyest thou thus upon the poet’s heart,
Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?

4. It had been intended, there could be no doubt, as an ornamental article of dress; but how it was to be worn, or what rank, honor, and dignity, in by-past times, were signified by it, was a riddle which (so evanescent are the fashions of the world in these particulars) I saw little hope of  solving. And yet it strangely interested me.

5. the Dansker

6. . . . his moral sense, at least, if not his general talents and worldly wisdom, was far keener than my own; and that I might, to-day, have been a better, and thus a happier man, had I less frequently rejected the counsels embodied in those meaning whispers which I then but too cordially hated and too bitterly despised.

7. Who’s over me?

8. I am glad to know that it takes a gang of men for every  five miles to keep the sleepers down and level in their beds as it is, for this is a sign that they may sometime get up again.

9. “O, Edith, this is our golden time! Tarnish it not by any pensive shadow of the mind; for it may be that nothing of futurity will be brighter than the mere remembrance of what is now passing.”

10. George Washington cannibalistically developed.

11. But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy.

12. Doctor Clarke