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British Literature Final Study Guide

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British Literature Final Study Guide Engl2543

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This study guide is for the final. It covers the passages from works with brief summaries & rules.
Survey British Literature 1
Dr. Mayer
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british, Literature, Milton, chaucer, Spencer, wroth, Behn, haywood, Collins, thomson, Defoe, wyatt, Pope, Swift, Gray, Sidney, wycherley, Dryden, Rochester, Donne, Shakespeare
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British Literature final study guide The Dream of the Rood:  religious poem  speakers: narrator & cross  poem recast Jesus’ death with both Christian & Anglo-Saxon beliefs  cross paints Jesus as hero, although he was sacrificial lamb in Bible  syncretism: attempting to reconcile two things; blending religions The Wanderer:  speakers: narrator & wanderer  wanderer narrates his experience & philosophical reflection  poem ends with Christians note, but does not obliterate Anglo-Saxon darkness in poem (last section added later) Beowulf:  Heroic/epic  Rules: alliteration within a single line lines split in half by caesura kennings: circumlocution device  Christian & Pagan elements, BUT MOSTLY PAGAN  PLOT: Grendel comes (Hrothgar is reclusive), Beowulf (leader of Geats), Battle with Grendel & Grendel’s mom, celebration follows, Dragon killed by Beowulf, Wiglaf new king  Pagan: monsters (deminrge), ominous & grim  Christian: Prayers & Cain and Abel Sir Gawain & The Green Knight:  Arthurian romance  Rules: large chunks with alliterative long lines faint caesuras irregular lengths bob & wheel stanza- 5 lines, 1 line is 2 syllables, rhyme scheme apparent  PLOT: Trojan War, gathering for Christmas, Green Knight arrives with quest, Gawain takes quest, finds castle, receives girdle, Gawain is unharmed by green knight because of girdle, returns to king ashamed  chivalric ideal: courage + refinement The Canterbury Tales: Chaucer  index of English society (22 tales)  teller specific  framing narrative: pilgrimage  Rules: rhyming couplets, iambic pentameter, verse paragraphs  ESTATES: aristocrats, clergy, & commons  KNIGHT’S TALE- romance, MILLER’S TALE- fabliau  Commons are not criticized as harshly as clergy The Long Love, That in My Heart Doth Harbor: Wyatt  Petrarchan sonnet- 14 lines, octave & sestet, iambic pentameter  PLOT: man blushes when lady walks in, he feels he is not worthy of her, his love flees to his heart (retreats)  LOVE IS SUFFERING Amoretti: Happy Ye Leaves When As Those Lily Hands: Spencer  Shakespearean sonnet- 14 lines, 3 quatrains & a couplet, iambic pentameter  leaves=pages  lily hands=girl  the book is lucky to be held by lady The Faerie Queene: Spencer  epic/romance/allegory  Spenserian stanza- 9 lines, first 8 lines are iambic pentameter, last line is iambic hexameter (alexandrine)  Epic conventions- in media res, invocation of the muse  PLOT: begins in plains (Redcrosse & Una), met Errour, met Archimago, fidessa & duessa, house of holiness, ending=planning to get married The Tempest: Shakespeare  Comedy/ romance/ play  Prospero, Miranda & Ferdinand, Caliban  PLOT: shipwreck, Prospero uses magic to mess with people, blocks Miranda’s relationship @ first, negotiates a way back home to Europe  Prospero’s speech at the end- blank verse The Indifferent: Donne  varying stanza lengths & not iambic pentameter  speaker has no restrictions on who he will have sex with  sees fidelity as a vice  libertine  punishment for faithfulness is being cheated on  breaks courtly love tradition The Bait: Donne  quatrains & iambic pentameter  realistic view of love focuses on fishing  erotic and becomes violent  metaphysical conceit The Flea: Donne  9 lines, variable meter  man wants to have sex with lady, but she doesn’t want it  “flea has already mixed our blood”  woman kills flea  metaphysical conceit Paradise Lost: Milton  verse paragraphs & blank verse  begins in media res  Satan= hero?  Great Consult- what should we do mess with God & his creation?  Adam & Eve=hero in end  Genesis doesn’t blame Eve as much as Milton ROCHESTER: Song:  quatrains & iambic tetrameter  speaker is at odds with courtly love tradition  wants to hang with his bros & get drunk Against Constancy:  quatrains & alternating iambic tetrameter & trimester  throws out courtly love tradition, similar to Donne The Imperfect Enjoyment:  heroic couplets & iambic pentameter  premature ejaculation  performs perfectly with whores, but not with his “love”  scolds his penis Mac Flecknoe: Dryden  mock epic  heroic couplets  poem is about bad writing  satire of Dryden’s rival- Thomas Shadwell  scatological humor  kingdom of nothing The Country Wife: Wycherley  comedy of manners  satire of marriage  Horner- impotent scheme, 4 lovers  Harcourt & Alithea’s love  China scene The Second Book of the Countess of Pembroke Arcadia: Sidney  romance/ pastoral  ornate language and structure  periphrastic style A Journal of the Plague Year: Defoe  anti-romance  a real account of the plague  straightforward & plain The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania: Wroth  romance  ornante language & structure  typical male form that is appropriated The Unfortunate Happy Lady: A True History: Behn  realistic  set in England  deals with financial problems- dowry & gambling  written in PROSE  aimed @ regular people Fantomina: Haywood  realistic  woman pretends to be prostitute & gets raped  pretends to be country girl & window in order to have sex with man  she gets pregnant & sent to a convent by her mother  feels a bit like romance  amatory fiction A Description of the Morning: Swift  heroic couplets & iambic pentameter  urban & mock pastoral  displays what is wrong with the city  soiled and not idealized A Modest Proposal: Swift  Prose  parody of projects  poverty & hunger in Dublin  solution= to east the babies The Rape of the Lock: Pope  heroic couplets & iambic pentameter  heroi-comical mock epic  machinery- angelettes  triviality & irony  Belinda & the Baron  Clarissa’s Speech The Seasons: Autumn: Thomson  rich in poetic diction  melancholy tone  descriptive  ordinary man reflecting on life  not religious  written in blank verse Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard: Gray  quatrains & iambic pentameter  set in graveyard surrounded by ordinary folk  emphasis on loss  individual and owl  humble and unknown Ode on the Poetical Character: Collins  visionary poem  man climbs up mount & finds evidence of Spencer & Milton  speaker wants to be their company, is IN VAIN  he realizes it is not meant for him  FAILURE


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