Unformatted text preview: What difference does it make to encounter the story in poetic form (rather than in prose)? Arnold “Dover Beach” is a central poem for the Victorian (and Modern) era. How does this poem work, what does it say, and what does Arnold seek to do with it? What does he mean by ‘the sea of faith’? How and why does its ebbing effect the speaker’s (and his beloved’s) relationship? How might we use this poem to read the other poems for the day? For the Victorian era generally? Rossetti This poem works equally well as a children’s tale and as an allegory for grown-ups. Most basically, what happens in it? What defines each character, and what is her role in the narrative? Who are these goblins, and what do they represent? What is the nature of the relationship between its female figures? What, finally, is this poem about ? What is Rossetti up to in it?...
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- Spring '09