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Study Questions 6: Buried Life, Schemas and Life Question Paper DIRECTIONS: 1. Save this assignment in either Word or Rich Text with the following name: Your Last Name. First Name. SQ6. 2. Answer each question fully with support. These are not “short answer” questions. You are expected to elaborate and support your responses. 3. Grading: The questions will be evaluated on the basis of the clarity and completeness of your response. Arnold: The Buried Life Matthew Arnold, a Victorian writer, you will remember also wrote “Dover Beach.” “The Buried Life” was written when he was 27, and although he continued to write essays his whole life, he virtually stopped writing poetry in his late thirties. As you will recall in “Dover Beach” ( “Ah love, let us be true to one another…”), Arnold did not have a lot of confidence that the world would be fair or safe except for the relationships we form in it. This poem explores the idea of how hard it is to achieve intimacy…to be authentic and reveal our true selves…even with one we love. 1. Stanza 1: What kind of “talk” are the lovers having? Is the speaker satisfied with it? (Have you ever related to a friend or lover in this manner? Was it satisfying?) I think the lovers are having a heart to heart talk. Arnold, says that they can jest, smile and make small talk (thy light words), but “give me thy hand and hush awhile, turn those limpid eyes on mine, and let me read there, love! Thy inmost soul .” I am not convinced that the speaker is satisfied with the conversation good rteading because of that last line in Stanza 1, he wants to read their soul, versus talking. I have certainly had talks like this with friends and lovers, they aren’t always easy and they often require soul searching and sharing. I think they’re just talking without saying what they really mean – trying to keep the situation light and superficial, making jokes instead of talking about what is really in their hearts. The speaker is frustrated with this level of discourse and wants something more meaningful. 2. Stanza 2 :
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What are the two reasons “the mass of men” conceal their feelings? One reason is that if men revealed their feelings that no one would care (blank indifference). The other reason is that they might they might be blamed or found at fault (with blamed reproved). Of the two, which is the most frightening to you? Please explain with an example. Of the two reasons, I think the most frightening to me is that no one would care. That somehow you muster the courage to speak with someone from your heart and they just sit there and blank out. They don’t feel the power of your words or what you are feeling or simply just don’t care. That would be terribly heartbreaking. I have no problem accepting blame in a situation or hearing how something might be my fault, but to express myself and the words to fall on deaf ears or a “deaf heart” would be horrible. Studies show that being ignored (blank indifference) is even more damaging than having someone come back at you with criticism or judgment (Blame reproved).
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