Class Notes English 222

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Unformatted text preview: Class Notes: Don Juan 28/02/2008 11:29:00 Clearly tied to the epic tradition- Very long- Narrative- There is a clear hero- Significant action- Tone is one of “high seriousness” (in a real epic)- Effaced (invisible) narrator Byron is very conscious of the epic tradition because he is mocking it- There is a whole class of these types of poems, aptly named “mock epics” Mock Epics- Mock epics are parodies of epic poems and epic form- Rather than a serious tone, mock epics are comedic Form (Don Juan)- Ottava Rima- Rhymes are multisyllabic- Rhymes are also feminine Criminal conversation acts Difficult to place in the romantic period Class Notes: The Dramatic Monologue 28/02/2008 11:29:00 ←- The dramatic monologue is the great innovation of the Victorian age • Many Victorian poets wrote almost exclusively in the form of the dramatic monologue ←- The dramatic monologue can be compared to taking a play and carving it down to just one speech • It would be a speech by only one of the players in the play, but it would give enough information to give a sense of setting, who the speech was directed to etc. ←- The major difference between the dramatic monologue and the romantic ode is that though they are both traditionally written in the first person, in the dramatic monologue “I” cannot necessarily be identified as the author himself • The speaker can be a different sex, as well as from a different social class, time, place, etc… ←- Poets like Tennison and Browning may have began writing romantic odes in order to distance themselves as authors from their audience(s) ←- Romantic odes were usually written in conversational language. This tradition is carried over to the dramatic monologue, if for no other reason than because the speaker in a dramatic monologue is speaking to someone else....
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course ENGL 222 taught by Professor Behm during the Spring '08 term at Towson.

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Class Notes English 222 - Class Notes Don Juan 11:29:00...

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