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Unformatted text preview: STUDY GUIDE: EXAM 1 - ENGLISH 216 William Wordsworth We are Seven-What does it mean to count the Dead Speaker = death means you are no longer counted on Earth Child= counts those dead as part of the family o Death has different meaning than speaker What should children know of death? Is poem happy or depressing? o Dead are still with us? Or is death meaningless == depressing poem We o How child uses we = includes dead o How speaker does not include dead, questions childs use of we A Few Lines Composed A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey Was a recollection of a natural scene before the chaos began prior to becoming jaded by the idea of revolution Perfection within one scenery or area Preface to Lyrical Ballads As critical/persuasive model genre The break with tradition; what is old and what WW is doing differently o "language really used by men"= par 5 o "emotion recollected in tranquility"= par 26 Ode: Intimations of Immortality Ode Nature o Enclosure acts o Industrialization Audience Knowledge of the divine is what youre born with and it becomes lost as you grow older. o Notice the question and answer structure of the poem Like "Tintern," it starts with a past moment and there is more than one "I." "Ode" is a story of development - of growing up - but also of a loss, of that "light" with which we're born. The pleasures of nature are meant to compensate for the loss of some kind of paradise. Two kinds of time here, divine and human - look at lines 179 - 186 what does the poet say about time here? o 179-186 Feel the gladness of the May! What though the radiance which was once so bright Be now for ever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind; In the primal sympathy o time is now gone, nothing can replace timeno one can turn time around or bring back the past Why is the "Ode" in ode form? Rhythm is a marker of time - a poem in an irregular rhythm is one that marks the fits and starts, as Wordsworth sees them, of human time. Thus, form and content combine to make an argument about the nature of human time. Historical note: o There was a lot of rural depopulation at this time because of the Enclosure Acts and Industrialization. The Enclosure Acts were a series of 18th/18th century laws that abolished the longstanding tradition of common lands, land that anyone could use and have access to. Plots of land were land that anyone could use and have access to....
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