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EN 216 Week 4 Notes

by: Rhiannon Hein

EN 216 Week 4 Notes EN 216

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These notes cover the poems discussed in EN 220 in response to the following assignment: "Expostulation and Reply", "The Tables Turned", "Old Man Travelling", "The Convict", and "Tintern Abbey".
Honors English Literature II
Dr. Abraham Smith
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Rhiannon Hein on Sunday February 14, 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 28 views. For similar materials see Honors English Literature II in Foreign Language at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 02/14/16
Various Selected Poems Day #3 I. Old Man Travelling a. Old man moves with grace that makes young people jealous b. Wordsworth watches this old man and remarks upon his characteristics c. Man with all that vigor and grace as actually walking to his son’s death i. Grief has not squashed his vitality II. Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey a. Opens with, perhaps?, nostalgia, or at least remembrance for when he was here  five years ago b. Details of the nature five years ago c. Tintern Abbey becomes the place Wordsworth can drift and reflect. d. Is this the best portion of a good person’s life? (34) i. Do the little goodnesses make up your character? 1. Little acts of kindnesses and love? e. Meditating puts things in perspective f. Allows you to see how little things might have effect, but they might not matter as much as you think they do. g. “Your Tintern Abbey” i. Brings a close, personal joy that perhaps is individual. It’s your space and  you don’t have to explain its effect to anyone else. h. “While with an eye made quiet by the power/Of harmony, and the deep power of  joy,/We see into the life of things.” (48­50) i. Going beyond the surface and getting into something. ii. What was the tool for lodging you into all of the deeper questions, past all  of the banal surfaces of your life? For Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey did  that. iii. The ability to see the bigger picture. 1. All the burdens and mysteries of life disappear at Tintern Abbey  and he’s gifted with a moment of insight where he can see how  things connect in a different way. i. “For I have learned/to look on nature, not as in the hour/of thoughtless youth, but  hearing oftentimes/The still, sad music of humanity” (89­92) i. Feelings that you have in nature will take you deeper into human sorrow  and love more than just the surface, pastoral types. ii. This is what happens when you “see into the life of things” j. “Sad perplexity” i. Can you go back and have everything be the same, even with a five year  difference? k. As a youth, he never used to process nature, like a deer, he just raced through it. l. Ending: No fear for death for he has his sister and he won’t have to deal with  other people. III. The Convict a. Highly charged political poem that disappears from future editions of the book. b. Fancy pierces his heart and portrays horrific images c. He wants to take the convict somewhere and give him goodness and somewhere  to grow. i. If Wordsworth were in control, he would change the fate of this man and  allow him mercy. d. Wordsworth goes to visit a real convict and goes to visit this person. e. The convict doesn’t have the pleasure of transcending his experience. i. He freaks out at the sounds of the dogs and worries as to why Wordsworth is visiting him. f. Wordsworth breaks away from nature in order to go visit the convict g. 2/10/16 Hazlitt and Coleridge Notes I. This Lime­Tree Bower My Prison a. Coleridge is stuck under a lime tree because he was unable to go walking with  Wordsworth and Lamb after his wife spilled hot milk on his foot. b. He’s very dramatic i. Says he may never see his friends again, because he can’t go on a hike the  lime tree is “his prison” ii. He claims Charles likes nature a lot more than he actually does, again adds to the drama c. He imagines all the places his friends will be going. d. Lamb has been swept into the countryside after all the turmoil in his life and his  friends are hoping that he can be healed by it. i. Coleridge is therefore very upset that he can’t be there with and for his  friend. ii. He wishes he could be there for Charles to experience nature and its  healing effects. e. Language i. He meditates on where they are and uses fantastical imagery ii. He has to travel imaginatively because he can’t travel physically 1. This opens within him an awareness of what’s delightful right  nearby him. II. This Frost at Midnight a. Solitude i. He seems confused by this level of calmness. It’s almost so quiet he can’t  think. b. “Methinks” i. Poets use this to let you know that they’re taking you into their  imagination and you’re going to drift a little. c. Puff of Ash i. The only other thing that’s moving, that seems alive. ii. It’s his companion and the perfect vehicle for musings. d. He thinks on his life, goes back in time. e. Decides he wants a better life for his son; exemplifies the love he has for his child i. “I was reared/In the great city…and saw nought lovely but the sky and  stars./But thou, my babe!” (51­54) ii.  He wants his child to experience nature growing up, to see it as both a  child and an adult. 1. His child can experience nature through unfiltered eyes, hopefully  he can experience nature in a way that Coleridge cannot. III. Hazlitt a. He mythologizes Coleridge i. When he describes Coleridge, he demonstrates his love hate relationship  with him. 1. “His forehead was…light as if built of ivory”: Idealistic 2. “Shifting the weight”: He comes to identify this as Coleridge’s  shiftiness of character and position. 3. There is this idea that Coleridge should’ve been the best poet in the history of England, but he wasn’t because he was erratic and  addicted. b.


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