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Jeremy KallerEnglish 202A Description of the Morningby Jonathan Swift-an urban poem, but the title implies a country poem.-gorgeous symmetry of rhyming couplets is in some ways a lie.-hackney coach: rich were out partying, and are only returning now.-Alludes to Iliad:-but talks of Betty rumpling her sheets, not of Aurora (Betty should not have been in her Master’s bed-shemesses up her own bed to lie about orderliness of household).-Slipshod prentice- sprinkles water to keep down dust, and Aurora who sprinkles dew.-Moll only cleans (or appears to clean) the public areas of the house.-the youth is looking for nails from the carriage in the sewer edge (kennel-edge).-chimney sweep is hawking his wares and the coal-man sells coal.-Endless cycle of coal- making soot, getting clean, buying coal…-Duns- bill collectors, hanging around door-step to get money from Lord.-brick dust (from crumbling, dirty buildings) used to scour knives.-Turnkey- jailer, he lets out thieves, they come back in the morning.-Watchful bailiffs- night watch, finally shows up.-finally continues in next generation with the “lagging schoolboys.”-Addison wrote an extraSpectatorto discuss wit.-3 types of wit: true wit, false wit, and mixed wit.-wit was like patriotism is now- a term that is in conflict in a society.-Addison was trying to edge wit away from historical definitions of wit.-wants to wrench wit away from v. idiosyncratic, word play; v. cognitive concept.-classic wit- comparing myself and my love to the legs of a compass (Donne).-p.2481,Spectator #62(important quotations to go w/ notes are underlined in the book)-Addison begins with John Locke-Locke makes a different judgment/description about the difference between wit and judgment.-begins to focus more on difference, compared to false wit of comparing/finding alike toseemingly unalike things.-“the common observation Men who have a great deal of wit and memory…”-Locke is trying to pull in common observation- making fun of another’s beliefcan helpclarify belief.-“For wit lying in the assemblage of ideas…”-he was separating ideas, good philosophy- avoidbeing mislead, less interested at thistime in finding little similarities than infinding little differences.-allusion- referring to someone else’s work.-striking lively on someone’s fancy- mostphilosophical concept of wit according to Addison.-Locke’s definition of wit and judgment isself-serving, according to Locke’s definition ofjudgment, by showing the differencebetween wit and judgment, he is showing good judgment.-true wit- separating slightdifferences.-some things that rub modernindividuals the wrong way: the tendency to talk of rules and laws ofart, drama, etc.-try to soundneo-classical; wanted to sound like Aristotle, so talk of rules and laws.-bottom ofp.2482 “Out of the innumerable categories of mixed wit…”-paraphrasing Cowley’s use of flame and passion comparison- witticisms, little joking, bringingtogether of ideas.

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