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EN 216 Week 3 Notes

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EN 216 Week 3 Notes EN 216

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These notes contain selected poems from "Lyrical Ballads," which we discussed in Dr. Smith's class.
Honors English Literature II
Dr. Abraham Smith
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rhiannon Hein on Sunday February 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EN 216 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Dr. Abraham Smith in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 7 views. For similar materials see Honors English Literature II in Foreign Language at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.

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Date Created: 02/07/16
2/1/16 Various Assigned Poem Notes Goody Blake, and Harry Gill, A True Story I. Moral to the poem: give charitably lest you one day need help or karma comes around a. “Think ye farmers of Goody Blake” II. Technical devices used: a. dashes to break up the progress of the poem b. Reads like a story i. Starts at the end and loops back around. Anecdote for Fathers I. Father asks son which place he prefers, a farm in the country or a home by the sea. a. Son answers that he’d rather be by “Kilve” (by the sea) i. The father pushes him to give a reason why and when he doesn’t have  one, he looks to the weather vein and says that he likes Kilve more  because there’s no weather cock. b. Father attempts to force son into deciding so of course he won’t get a satisfactory  answer. i. He asks him repeatedly to give a reason—the son is browbeat into this  random answer because he has to give one. c. The father tries to reconcile opposition (in this case, opposition of place)  internally and that leads to this question. d.  Kid appeases his father in order to get a reprieve from the inquisition. i. Neither of them can move forward from the moment until this question is  answered. II. The art of lying a. The son lies to please the father. III. Son’s answer serves as a reminder to the father that his son loves him and wants him  to feel comfortable, ands so he gives him an answer. The Nightingale I. Form a. 10 syllables in every line, Coleridge walks his metrical foot down every line of  the poem. i. Iambic pentameter. II. “In nature there is nothing melancholy” (15) a. Argument against the nightingale’s melancholy song. b. “that with the night/He may associate Joy” (109) III. Practice of listening, walking a. Tension and the release of tension in attending to sound and nature. IV. Ending a. Image of a boy who takes delight in the natural world instead of fearing it. V. Birds anthropomorphized  a. These birds have wisdom passed down through thousands of years. b. Reflects a tale of a woman who’s raped by her sister’s husband and becomes a  nightingale. VI. Get out of your hot stuffy theaters and see nature for what it is a. Stop encoding culture into animals and see the animals as themselves (however,  he seems to give the nightingale more human qualities than it deserves) VII. Maid’s entrance breaks the stereotype by treating the bird as a bird a. Just listen to its song Lines: Left upon a seat in a YEW­TREE (1802) I. Contraries a. Contrast between the purity of his heart and the corruption of the world (13­16) II. Form a. Begins with a dash, cuts right in from the first word. b. Doesn’t follow iambic pentameter as it begins with a stressed syllable. III. Setting a. Someone has cultivated the shape of the tree, bonsai style b. There’s a little seat. c. Landscape reflects the man’s life, the way the tree was pruned to grow  demonstrates a backstory to a lonely, out of the way spot (but still a beautiful  spot). d. This spot is, for Wordsworth, a glimpse at the sublime. e. How the tree now looks is the living emblem of this person’s life (27) i. When he looked beyond his tree (his life) and out toward the sublime and  the sublime would attempt (but could never quite) heal his heart. (35­40) 1. He recognizes how he should feel and how others do feel when  looking at the sublime, but is incapable of feeling it. IV. What’s at stake? a. Your life based on how you choose to view yourself and society. b. The man in this poem was brilliant and began pure, but not prepared for neglect of his peers. i. He wanted to be recognized, wanted to be seen. c. He then turned away and pride sustained him (because he had not secured the  recognition of others) i. He chooses isolation. The occasional wandering sheep and the sparse  vegetation became his family V. Moral a. How you face adversity and deal with unforeseen circumstances b. Is there something about wisdom that is wed to sadness? c. Fault of the man: i. Isolated himself so he has no real relationships ii. He got caught in pride’s trap. 1. Gazes too much inwardly so that he cannot see the vast or sublime. Selected Poems Notes Day 2 We are Seven  Siblings are dead but they still have a presence in her life. o They are right next to her mother’s house, she sees them everyday o She spends time at the graves, eating supper and knitting her stockings there.  Their death’s perforate every area of her life, they are still there.  She’s not in denial, she understands that they are dead and how they have died. o She’s accepted that they are dead but that doesn’t stop them from being a part of  the family  that’s why they are so close to the house.  If she accepted there were five, she would be denying their existence. The Thorn  Imagery gets you into the poem.  Beauty contrasted with death  Madness  What does the thorn represent? o The woman is sort of the thorn of society. o Aging thorn surrounded by such lovely scenery. The Idiot Boy  Concern as a healing experience o Susan is healed out of her concern for Betty and her boy o Betty’s concern for the boy becomes joy and relief when she finds him.  Glimpse into the boy’s mind o Invocation of Johnny’s imagination  Very humanizing poem o Betty starts off pleased with herself, but as the night continues as he still hasn’t  shown up her concern grows.  Perhaps this should be called the “Idiot Mom” o Wordsworth failed at demonstrating the lengths that mothers will go to when  protecting their children? o People annoyed that she didn’t remember to tell the doctor about Susan.  Mother never blames herself for what’s happened. o Maybe it’s her fault for trying to get her kid something that just wasn’t going to  happen.  Pathetic fallacy on line 285.  Boy serves as a filter less being who can have a congress with the natural world that  others aren’t able to have, because of his simplicity. The Mad Mother  Baby keeps her sane  Baby serves as new joy. Whiles she is heartbroken about her husband, she can look  forward to the baby’s love.  The baby’s love makes her feel needed and wanted by someone o She enjoys that the child needs her  Looks down at her little child and sees him making an unhappy face o It really upsets the mother, her communication with the baby comes through  facial expression alone. 


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