17 Study QuestionsShelleyE316KBruster

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Study Questions Shelley E316K Bruster We’ll want to read Shelley’s “Ozymandius” and “England in 1819” in tandem, and perhaps compare them with Blake’s and Wordsworth’s political poems. What can you make of Shelley’s politics from these poems? What does he value? What does he resent or pity? “To Wordsworth” What does Shelley regret in this poem? What does it tell you about Wordsworth’s influence on the other Romantics? “England in 1819” We’ll want to look at the imagery in this poem: how does it contribute to the overall portrait Shelley draws of his country in “1819”? What are Shelley’s feelings about his nation? What seems to be the solution to this problem? “Ozymandias” See if you can count how many (possible) “voices” lie behind this poem. Include your own voice, if you’re reading it aloud (or even pronouncing it inside your head). What might Shelley be telling us about representation, broadly or narrowly conceived?
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Unformatted text preview: What is the simple moral of this poem? What might be a not-so-simple reading? That is, is there any way that a smug reading of the poem leaves something important out? (What about the sublime, for instance?) Ode to the West Wind With this poem, Shelley pulls out all the stops. Note that the first three stanzas are joined (as all five stanzas are) by the power of the wind, yet these three take us through earth, sky, and water respectively. Why does Shelley choose the West wind to address? What does he say about its power, especially? What season does it characterize? Why does he choose this season? What happens in the final two stanzas? What is surprising, especially, about line 62? How can we redeem lines 54 and lines 69-70? Where could they go wrong? What is he saying with each of these passages?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2009 for the course ENG English taught by Professor Bruster during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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