Which author was expelled from Oxford for publishing a treatise on atheism?
"Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean—roll!" This excerpt from Byron's "Childe Harold" is an example of
all of the above
b and c
b and c
Read the following excerpt from one of Blake's poems. From what you have learned, in which of Blake's collections would you find this poem? "But most through midnight streets I hear/ How the youthful harlot's curse/ Blasts the newborn infant's tear/ And blights with plagues the marriage hearse."
Songs of Experience
Songs of Innocence
songs of experience
What is a favorite but complex poetic form among Romantics?
Which poet's art and text cannot be separated?
Which author wrote the lines 'weep! 'weep! ' weep! 'weep!
Which of the following best fits the description of a Byronic hero?
All of the above
In "Ozymandias," whose contribution, according to the author, is most lasting and important?
Which poet's premature death made him a symbol of the Romantic era despite his neoclassical poetic style?
b and c
1. In “The Lamb” the speaker asks many questions. To what do all the questions refer?
the speaker is asking about the creation of the lamb, and if the lamb is aware of that creator.
What effect do these repeated questions have on the tone of the poem?
it sounds innocent, childlike, perhaps like a nursery rhyme with repetitive questions for a child.
How does Blake’s illustration of “The Lamb” on page 55 affect your interpretation of the poem?
it is a peaceful, pastoral image with a young child among the lambs that looks innocent and mirrors the feelings of the poem itself
Why do you think Blake used the archaic spelling of “Tyger” in this poem?
it gives the poem an ancient, perhaps biblical feel
In lines 7-8, how is the reference to Icarus appropriate?
The poem uses images of fire and burning throughout—the fact that Icarus soared too close to the sun and was melted fits with these images. Also, the Tyger in this poem is too “fearful,” “burning,” “dreadful” etc.—just like Icarus, the creator of this Tyger pushed the boundaries too far.
Is God the creator of the Tyger? If so, what does this poem imply about the nature of God?
If God created the Tyger, then we can see that God has a dual nature—both peaceful and mild and terrifying at the same time.
Why are Tom Dacre’s words “weep! weep! weep! weep!” so heartbreaking?
he was made to be a chimney sweep before he was even old enough to pronounce the word “sweep.” It is fitting that he uses the word “weep,” another word for “cry,” as the mispronunciation
What moral lesson does the angel teach Tom Dacre in his dream?
That if he is a “good boy” and works hard, some day he will be rewarded by God.
What contrasting words and images are found in the second poem?
black vs. the white of snow (l. 1). The chimney sweep cries woefully while his parents pray at the church. When the boy acted happy, they clothed him in the “clothes of death”
What do the last two lines of the second poem mean?—who is the speaker blaming for the mistreatment of the chimney sweep?
the parents and the religious and societal system that supports the abuse of children.
Byron uses a simile to compare two things using “like” in the first line. What is the comparison and why is it appropriate?
The woman is compared to a starry night—both dark and tranquil, yet sparkling and beautiful.
Give some examples of Byron’s use of opposites—dark and light.
“All that’s best of dark and bright” (l. 3) “raven tress” (dark) “lightens o’er her face”
This woman’s beauty seems to come from a balance between dark and light. How does Byron view the extremes of light and dark? Give examples.
This balance between dark and light is precarious—“one shade the more, one ray the less,/ Had impaired the nameless grace.
How does the sentiment in stanza 178 compare to the general view of nature by Romantic poets? (Inductive reasoning)
Byron’s poem expresses the view that humans can learn more from nature than from other humans, and that by communing with nature we learn and replenish our souls
What is given human qualities by the speaker in stanza 179? What literary device is being used here?
The speaker addresses the ocean as if it were able to hear him. This is an apostrophe
In stanza 184, how did the speaker view the ocean in his youth?
He loved and trusted the ocean. The ocean was his greatest delight—it was both frightening and exhilarating.
Who is the traveler in the first line? What do we know about him? Why do you think we are given only this information about the traveler?
we know only that the traveler comes “from an antique land” and that he has seen the statue. This lack of information makes the traveler more foreign and mysterious, and also allows the reader to focus on what he describes rather than on the character of the speaker.
In lines 5-8 we are given some insight as to how the sculptor felt about Ozymandias. From these lines and from the footnote to line 8, what can we INFER about the sculptor’s feelings toward the King?
he sculptor saw the tyranny of the King and “mocked” or copied them in his creation. The footnote says that he may have done so with a “sense of caricature or derision” which subtly undermined the king.
What effect do lines 12-14 have on the poem? Why is their placement just after lines 10-22 poignant?
The description of the barren wasteland is in direct contrast to the words of the king, as inscribed by the sculptor. This juxtaposition creates situational irony
In line one, how does the speaker describe the West Wind? How is this image carried throughout the Ode?
The wind is described as a “breath of Autumn’s being.” Autumn is the season that ends summer and introduces the cold and death of winter—this theme is echoed throughout.
List some images of ghosts, spirits, and death from stanzas one and two. What effect do these have?
“Yellow, and black, and pale” “Pestilence-stricken” “dark wintry bed” “like a corpse within its grave” “Wild Spirit” “decaying leaves” “Angels of rain and lightning!” “dirge of the dying year” “vast sepulchre” etc. These images show the cold, wintry, dark power of the west wind and give the poem a wintry, deathly feel.
In the fourth stanza, what does the speaker wish he could be, and why?
a dead leaf, swift cloud, a wave, a young boy. All of these things can be moved by and commune with the wind more intimately.
In the last stanza, what does the speaker request of the wind?
He wants to be a lyre, so that the wind can speak through him to take his words to all mankind. Perhaps he desires that his poetry will have some of the same strength and impact as the wind.
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