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2. Ekphrasis- Poem or dramatization of an art object. In other words, poetry that verbally describes a visual work of art. Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts” is an example of ekphrasis. He describes Bruegel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus in detail using poetry. As discussed in class, the significance of this work of art is the suffering of humans and how people do not notice someone is suffering when they don’t
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care to help. This poem open the windows to all sufferings, such as the death of a loved one, the self- consciousness of someone that is overweight or underweight, the embarrassment people feel when being teased about their sexuality, etc. 3. First vs Second Generation of Romanticism (can use up to 3 texts for this one only) 4. Privy Council- A private council chosen by the British Monarch. The goal of the Privy Council is to defend the monarch and the nation, and to decide on what is acceptable and what can be licensed for the people to see. The Privy Council is significant to the theme of “Richard III” and “Doctor Faustus”. The themes of these two plays, just to name a few, are religion, greed, evilness, etc. Both writings/plays are entertaining, educational, and religious, which are some of the factors the privy council consider when making their decisions. These two writings are connected to the Privy Council because back in the early modern period, these plays would’ve had to get licensed before they could be seen. 5. Heroic Couplets- Rhymed lines of iambic pentameter. Heroic Couplets were often used in the 17 th and 18 th century. These couplets are a significant to the theme of “Essay on Man”. “Essay on Man” is about the nature of humanity and its connection to GOD. Pope delivers this message by using Heroic Couplets which makes the significance of each line mean more. For a writing to be an iambic pentameter, it must have a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable. In addition, it must be five in one line. 6. Epiphany 7. Estates Satire- A type of writing that criticizes the social classes, politics, etc. using humor. There are two types of satire, which includes Horace and Juvenalian. Horace satire is gentle and witty humor. Juvenalian satire is harsh and critical humor . Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is a writing that is significant to satire. In the different tales, Chaucer made fun of the church, the nobilities, and the peasantries using humor. For example, in the “Miller’s Tale”, a man’s wife is cheating on him. The man does not seem to notice it but it is obvious, this is referred to as cuckolding. The satire behind cuckolding is that it is signified by a pair of horns. Just the same, Chaucer uses satire in the “Wife of Bath” by allowing the wife to speak freely about sex and marriage despite the church’s oppression toward women. Section 3: Short essay, 20 points total. Essay should be 350-500 words. Evaluating literary contexts (one question only, 20 points): Describe how one of the works from our class reflects the time period and/or the culture that produced it. You can evaluate the text as a work of British literature in general, or in the context of a specific era or cultural event.
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