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Unformatted text preview: The Victorian Age 1830-1901 Repressed, prudish, kinky argument and persuasion Socioeconomic changes. Consumerist, materialist culture Discourse more accessible. Middle brow conformist culture. Writing in the rise of the middle class Mood of incremental change. Effort to define poetry Rise of the dramatic monologue (Robert Browning) Obsessed with mourning. Rules about dress, notes, post-mortem photos, deathmasks Major historical events 1830- first Reformed Parliament 1832- Reform Bill vote extended to lower middle class. Britain as world power 1837- The Great Exposition glass palace. Show off natl pride and power. Scientific advancement. 1859 Darwins Origin of Species Tennyson, Lord Alfred 1809-1892 Popular. Unstable family life. Intellectual (brotherhood Apostles) Lady of Shalott Based on Arthurian material. 4 parts Archetype of the traditional female weaver Invocation of the myth. Art as imitation. Mimetic. Desire interrupts the poem. Detached relationship imperiled. Intrusion of desire into activity of representation. Lady in her isolation figure of the artist. Ballad form narrative. Regular rhyme. Refrain. Lady of shallot. Camelot. 9 line stanza: 4 a rhyme. 1 b. 3 c rhyme. 1 b. Ulysses Post Homeric, post heroic, post epic. Distinction from Homeric version of Ulysses Alienation from system in which he finds himself Evocation of images. Unforeseeable future, destination. Effective prolongation. Dramatic monologue a poem in which the voice of a historical figure or fictional character speaks, unmediated by the narrator, to an implied silent audience Blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter. Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough/ Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades/ Forever and forever when I move. Though much is taken, much abides. We are not now that strength which in old days/ Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are--/ One equal temper of heroic hearts,/ Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will/ To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield In Memoriam (see typed notes. Friday 28 september 2007) The Victorian Age 1830-1901...
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ENGL 242 taught by Professor Sun during the Fall '07 term at Colgate.
- Fall '07
- British Literature