Jefferson, Poetry, and Dialogue:

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Jefferson, Poetry, and Dialogue: A Look into the Influence Behind Jefferson’s Writing of “A Dialogue Between My Head and My Heart” During the earlier stages of my research, I danced around with many topics, all surrounding Thomas Jefferson and poetry. I thought to write about several scrapbooks of his that have been shelved at U.VA’s library for decades. I thought it would be an intriguing topic, when I discovered that a professor at DePaul University, Jonathan Gross, published the collection and titled it, appropriately, Thomas Jefferson’s Scrapbooks, Poems of Nation, Family and Love. These were poems that Jefferson had clipped from the newspaper, for the most part. While focusing on Gross’ scrapbook findings (which included the…show more content…
Heart. May heaven abandon me if I do! Head. Very well. Suppose then they come back. They are to stay here two months, and when these are expired, what is to follow? Perhaps you flatter yourself they may come to America? Heart. God only knows what is to happen. I see nothing impossible in that supposition, and I see things wonderfully contrived sometimes to make us happy. Here, the speaker presents just a few hints at problems with separation, and evidence of the torture in it escalates tremendously as the dialogue continues. Initially, Head tries to protect Heart by demanding it to get its head out of the clouds (no pun intended.) However, it is simply not working. Heart goes off on poetic tangent, describing all of the reasons why Maria would want to come to America. For, Jefferson is as much in love with the beauty and nature of America, as he is with her: Heart. Where could they find such objects as in America for the exercise of their enchanting art? especially the lady, who paints landscape so inimitably. She wants only subjects worthy of immortality to render her pencil immortal. The Falling spring, the Cascade of Niagara, the Passage of the Potowmac thro the Blue mountains, the Natural bridge. It is worth The American Story a voyage across the Atlantic to see these objects; much more to paint, and make them, and thereby ourselves, known to all ages. And our own dear

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