Midterm Study Guide--Romanticism, Themes, Poetic forms
Midterm Study Guide--Romanticism, Themes, Poetic forms English 212
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British Literature 11 Romanticism to Present Study Guide for the Midterm Quick Facts Romanticism 0 One of the shortest literary periods 0 Dates are arbitrary o Assumed to have been from 17851832 0 Events happening at the time 0 Industrial Revolution 0 American Revolution 0 French Revolution 0 Revolution plays a key role 0 Political I IR Peterloo Massacre Political Reform Women s Rights 0 Metaphorical I Religion Nature etc 0 Many works revolve around nature nature plays a key role 0 Michael Preface Ode to the West Wind Defense of Poetry amp others 0 Nature is a source for visionary imaginationfreedom 0 External nature represents psychological states 0 Many works have a spontaneous over ow of powerful emotions as a theme 0 Ode to Nightingale also discusses the difference between moment of inspiration and moment of composition two different mental states one is conscious while the other is unconscious o Other works are Ode to the West Wind Preface etc 0 Famous Poets of the time two generations 0 1St generation I William Blake I Samuel Taylor Coleridge I William Wordsworth 0 2nd generation I Lord Byron I Percy Shelly I John Keats Many works from both the Romantic Period and Victorian Period take a certain stance on political issues This could include social criticism praise arguments for why things should be or shouldn t be happening etc Below are some examples Vindication for the Rights of Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Supports the French Revolution and talks about the class struggle in Britain How there is an unfair advantage between the classes Many of the high elite were born into their fortunes and didn t earn it while the poorer classes have a hard time reaching their full potential Wollstonecraft also talks about how narrow the education system is and how the education one gets sets them on the path of either being rich or being poor The two classes are not getting the same treatment She goes into further detail on this topic discussing how punishment for crime differs between classes as well Where someone may get fined andor jail time for a crime while someone else may be sentenced to death for the same crime The only difference is what class they come from Songs of Innocence and Experience By William Blake Revolves around the two states of being Innocence and Experience and how one usually lives in the Innocence state while they are young and pass into the Experience state as they reach adulthood Innocence means having a lack of knowledge andor not realizing what is happening in certain situations child labor for instance While the Experience state makes one aware of this and often makes life unfulfilling and quite dreadful Blake argues that both Innocence and Experience are necessary for human existence His Songs of Innocence and Experience is full of poems that contrast one and another and argues that humans need to see these states as states of the human soul Blake also discusses how one must know about both of these states in order to see the problems that the world faces and be able to think of solutions for social and political change Poems that need to be read together from Songs of Innocence and Experience The Chimney Sweeper in Innocence The Chimney Sweeper in Experience The Lamb Innocence The Tyger Experience Past amp Present by Robert Carlyle Deals with the Industrial Revolution and how noble workers need Captains of Industry to guide them in making the right decisions Is against the aristocracy but argues that some form of rule maker andor policy needs to be in place otherwise people will not know what to do On Liberty by John Stuart Mill Also focuses on the Industrial Revolution but touches on how individualism is important and is needed to create a worthwhile society The Negro s Complaint by William Cowper Creates ethical and emotional appeals to argue as to why the slave trade needs to come to an end Talks about human costs the economy religion and much more to strengthen his argument and create the appeals Many works also focus on the position of women in society Anna Barbauld s The Rights of Woman talks about how fighting for rights is silly and useless because when women get married they realize that separate rights are lost in mutual love This is also written in response to Mary Wollstonecraft s A Vindication 0f the Rights of Woman Wollstonecraft s piece takes a feminist stance and wasn t discussed much in class Robert Browning s Porphyria s Lover depicts a power struggle between man and women and how the speaker a man needs to have control of Porphyria and how he wishes that she was his having her all to himself his propertyetc Poetic forms that were discussed in class One should know how they are formedwhat they consist of Ode Dramatic Monologue Lyrical Ballad epic poem kind of Don Juan Michael and The Lotus Eaters could fit in this category Quick Facts The Victorian Period 0 Began when Queen Victoria became the monarch 0 She was 18 many assumed she would overwhelmed 0 Many citizens of Britain did not like the Monarchy at all 0 Rise ofnumber of factories was very high during this time 0 Birth of the steam train REMEMBER This is just a brief overview of works discussed in this course and some of the main points discussed in class and themes that the works produce Much more than what is described on this study guide can be inferred from these works Looking at the author bios may also help when it comes to studying for the midterm Practice questions short answersAnswering these will help you gure out the ideas you have about certain works and how well you ve read and understood the works discussed in class It is also great practice for answering the short answer part of the test 1 After reading poems such as Michael and Ode to the West Wind what is the connection to nature and how is it Viewed in each poem Is it Viewed differently How is it described Explain in 45 sentences and be sure to include examples from each poem Both Ode to a Nightingale and The Lotus Eaters have a theme of escapism Choose one of the poems and describe what the poem is talking about escaping from and Why the speaker wants to escape Be sure to include text from the poem to help aid in your discussion In one or two sentences write a thesis statement about how humor is incorporated in Lord Byron s Don Juan and What role it plays in readers understanding the main events of the poem Choose between Carlyle s Past and Present Mill s On Liberty or Wollstonecraft s A Vindication 0f the Rights of Man and discuss the social issue brought up in the piece and the View the authors takes Your answer should include details from the piece insightful analysis and be 35 sentences in length Discuss in a paragraph or paragraphs how William Blake s Songs of Innocence and Experience need to be read together in order to understand the true meaning of each poem You may discuss The Chimney Sweeper The Lamb The Tyger or London in your analysis of the two states and What they represent Pick one of the following poetic forms ode lyrical ballad or dramatic monologue and discuss how it is formed and what poems formed of this way usually include ex Odes have a turn countertum and a stand dramatic monologues have speakers who are far removed from the poet etc Feel free to include examples of these types of poems in your answer Your response should be 35 sentences
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