Assignments The Romantic Period
1) a) The two revolutions mentioned are the Industrial Revolution, which actually happened in England, and the French Revolution, which was a source of realization.
* The Industrial Revolution was turning England from an Agricultural nation into an Industrial one. Which actually happened
* The French Revolution was a source of inspiration to those people who felt that the structure of society should be changed.
b) The eighteenth century | The Romantic Period: |
-reason; -poet = polite society; -strong emotional appeal; | -lyrical Ballads;-non-rational forces of emotion;-intuition and imagination; |
c) Idealization definitely plays a roll, like:
– the attitude to nature
– disappointment with the present/an idealized past
– popularity of supernatural elements
2) The poet (speaker) is metaphorically compared to a natural object, a cloud “I wandered lonely as a cloud / That floats on high…” and also “Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
The speaker humanizes the daffodils when he says they are engaging in a dance.
“Tossing their heads in sprightly dance”.
3) a) In the poem, the person that tells this poem loves hearing the voice of the girl that is singing in the field.
b) The poem is essentially about an experience, the poet sees a lonely girl who is working the fields somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.
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c) The function is to tell the reader how special her voice sounds.
d) The poet actually does not hear what the girl is singing. It wouldn’t make any difference, because the girl would still make a profound impression on the poet. The sound of her voice wouldn’t change if he could hear the words of her song.
e) They are melancholy tune and plaintive numbers. Yes I think it could also refer to his mood at that time.
f) Yes, they certainly do:
-They are both a couplet.
-They are both alone, in the nature.
-They both see or hear something. For instance the joy of the sight of the daffodils gave him and the joy of hearing the girl’s voice.
– They both experience something unforgettable (the poet won’t forget it).
4) a) Yes, in the octave of the sonnet he makes some first metaphorical comparisons, stating that the evening is a “holy time”,” and “quiet as a nun / Breathless with adoration.” And also “the mighty Being” makes a thunderous sound “everlastingly.”
b) I think it is relaxed. As it already says “calm and free”, or “sinking down in its tranquility” or even “The gentleness of heaven broods”.
c) It is brought for instance by “Thy nature is not therefore less divine/Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom all the year;/And worshipp’st at the Temple’s inner shrine,/God being with thee when we know it not.”. He (Wordsworth) believes the sunset is so beautiful because heaven is present in the sky at this time. The force behind the sea is a ‘mighty Being’, or God. Gazing at a sunset is the same as being present in the Temple to adore God.
d) His conclusion is that the child is no less divine than the sunset. She is part of nature and is in the ‘inner shrine’, maybe without knowing it. Childhood is inherently at one with nature. “Dear Child! dear Girl! that walkest with me here,/If thou appear untouched by solemn thought,/Thy nature is not therefore less divine”
5) a) I would say that the first in many supernatural elements of this poem is the hypnotic eyes of mariner with his “glittering eye”.
b) As I understood The Albatross was considered a great sea bird that brought luck to the ship, like a lucky charm. It was a sign of good luck, as though it were a “Christian soul” sent by God to save them.
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c) No, not on Part I. (My view)
d) When the mist disappeared and the sun shone particularly brightly, “like God’s own head.” The crew suddenly changed their opinion. They decided that the Albatross must have brought the must, and glorified the Mariner for killing it and rid them of the mist: “Twas right, said they, such birds to slay, / That bring the fog and mist.”
e) The water churned with “slimy” creatures, and at night, eerie fires seemed to burn on the ocean’s surface. They suggested that the situation was caused by the act of The Mariner. And they started “pointing fingers” at him. To punish him, the sailors hung the Albatross’s dead body around his neck.
f) It signifies the burden of killing the Albatross that he has to carry as a punishment and reminder of what he has done.
g) In the roll of the dice part, Death wins the lives of the crew members and Life-in-Death the life of the Mariner. So he will have a fate worse than death. The ancient mariner is denied the relief of death.
h) I think there is a connection between his resentment of the other living creatures “slimy things” creates a block in the mariner’s heart, preventing him from praying. Not to mention the guilt for killing the Albatross
i) His attitude changes, he is not repulsed for them anymore, he describe them now differently. He watches them swim in color and beauty.
j) Yes it is a turning point, because he starts to love the creatures.
k) When the Albatross falls from his neck, it signalizes that he has passed its worst point.Also that he has been forgiven.
l) It certainly does, the mariner is filled with pain and still under the effects of the ship, he is filled with some sort of grief while all guests are happy with the wedding.
m) The moral is that you should respect all living things. “He prayeth well, who loveth well / Both man and bird and beast.”