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Trey Mouch 09/24/07 “Representing Britain” The Role of Images in Meaning “Much wine had passed, with grave discourse Of who fucks who, and who does worse” -“A Ramble in St. James’s Park” At first glance, Lord Rochester appears to be beginning a poem of great and angry woe at the current sinful state of England. However the documentary “London” demonstrated that words can be interpreted differently when accompanied by images. Given the lessons of the movie “London,” Lord Rochester’s opening lines can be viewed as bitter affection rather than angry jibes at the state of England at the time. Obviously these two lines, as well as the rest of the poem, are vulgar and crude. The first line seems to suggest a country of drunken fools gossiping about nothing. The second line then seems to suggest a land of vulgar debaucheries and worse. Initially this leads to a negative vibe for the overall piece; but is that what Lord Rochester was trying to convey? The poem seems to be a response to Edmund Waller's poem "On St. James's Park, as Lately Improved by His Majesty," which of course is the work of a royalist celebrating the return of Charles II to power as the King of England. So it may be
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