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undefined, object
copy deck
wallace stevens
clotted syllables
big words
bits of nonsense
"she sang beyon the genius of the sea/
the water never formed to mind or voice"
gertrude stein
played with essences of words and short lines
a rose is a rose is a rose
history and biography of great men
foremost cultural critic
was a Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian, whose work was hugely influential during the Victorian era.
_signs of the time_
_on heroes and hero-worship_
foremost art critic of the victorians
liked "turner" (painter of seascapes), the grotesque
stones of venice
venician architecture
"pathetic fallacy"
often related to carlyle
theorized the university and the role of education and christianity
distinctions between gentleman and professional
edward gibbon
English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The History is known principally for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open denigration of organized religion.
aligned with enlightenment
who talked about this stuff?
embroidery, pattering
started knebworth studio
_news from nowhere_
marxist utopia
english abroad in italy and india especially
english women abroad
sexuality and nature
dark impulses of male desire, especially with multiple partners or one's mother
"joseph k"--incomplete names or mid-european names (gregor samsa)
set in europe
caught up in dark and unexplained situations
very spare language
absurd in theatrical form
caricatured names "oedipa maas"
"tyrone slothrup"
"mason and dixon"
set in california
zany language
elaborate breakfast of crushed bananas
elaborate acronyms
"souls of black folk"
rich/majestic language
opposition to douglass
barnes (djuna)
dripping luxury, decadence, america but english also
witty sentences, short sentences
jabs at men
dos pasos
documentary registrations of urban life
noises of newsprint office, ice cream vendor
noises of life in an urban area
hemingway's locations
stein's locations
faulkner's locations
william carlos william's locations
NJ, patterson, mid-atlantic
saul bellow's locations
east coast (martha's vineyard)
melville location
yeats/joyce location
effaces the poet; poet is erased; poet changes shape
wanted literary immortality
deals with death
"la belle dame sans merci"
hyperion bears close resemblance with milton
"ode on a grecian urn"
consciousness as a house with many rooms
wilde's locations
drawing rooms in/outside london
or The Fox (in Italian: "Big Fox"), is a black comedy by Ben Jonson first
produced in 1606. A merciless satire of greed and lust, it remains Jonson's
most-performed play, and it is among the finest Jacobean comedies.
* Volpone (the "Big Fox") – a greedy, childless Venetian nobleman
* Mosca (the Fly) – his servant
* Voltore (the Vulture) – a lawyer
* Corbaccio (the Carrion Crow) – an avaricious old miser
* Corvino (the Raven) – a merchant
* Sir Politic - Would - Be; ridiculous Englishman. Probably based on Sir Henry Wotton,
* Lady Would-Be (the parrot) hopeful Venetian prostitute, English lady
a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as
when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color.
evelyn waugh
cruel, snobbish, humorous sentences _vile bodies_ (man eats his dead girlfriend) English writer, best known for such satirical and darkly humorous novels as Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, Scoop, A Handful of Dust, and The Loved One, as well as for more serious works, such as Brideshead Revisited and the Sword of Honour trilogy, that are influenced by his own conservative and Catholic outlook. Many of Waugh's novels depict the British aristocracy and high society, which he savagely satirizes but to which he was also strongly attracted. In addition, he wrote short stories, three biographies, and the first volume of an unfinished autobiography. His travel accounts and his extensive diaries and correspondence have also been published. American literary critic Edmund Wilson pronounced Waugh "the only first-rate comic genius the English have produced since George Bernard Shaw," while Time magazine declared that he had "developed a wickedly hilarious yet fundamentally religious assault on a century
that, in his opinion, had ripped up the nourishing taproot of tradition and let wither all the dear things of the world."
waugh's works
Decline and Fall (1928): Satire of the upper classes and social climbers
* Vile Bodies (1930): Satire; adapted to the screen by Stephen Fry as Bright Young
Things (2003)
* Black Mischief (1932): Satire on Emperor Haile Selassie and his attempts to
modernize his realm (Waugh was deeply critical of modernity and notions of rational
* A Handful of Dust (1934): Subtle critique of civilization set in English country
house and British Guyana
* Scoop (1938): the rush of war reporters to a thinly disguised Abyssinia (now
* Put Out More Flags (1942): Satire of the phony war and wartime sillinesses
* Brideshead Revisited (subtitled The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles
Ryder) (1945): details the spiritual lives behind the facades of an aristocratic family
and their friend, the protagonist; filmed as an ITV drama (1981)
* The Loved One (1947) (subtitled An Anglo-American Tragedy): about the excesses of a
Californian funeral business
* Helena (1950): Historical fiction about the Empress Helena and the founding of
pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land, also a Catholic apologetic about the True Cross
* Love Among the Ruins. A Romance of the Near Future (1953): A satire set in a
dystopian quasi-egalitarian Britain, following the life of an arsonist released from
* The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957)
* Sword of Honour Trilogy
o Men at Arms (1952)
o Officers and Gentlemen (1955)
o Unconditional Surrender (1961)
Transcendentalism was a group of new ideas in literature, religion, culture, and philosophy that emerged in the New England region of the united States of America in the early-to mid-19th century. It is sometimes called american Transcendentalism to distinguish it from other uses of the word transcendental.
Transcendentalism began as a protest against the general state of culture and society at the time, and in particular, the state of intellectualism at Harvard and the doctrine of the Unitarian church which was taught at Harvard Divinity School. Among their core beliefs was an ideal spiritual state that 'transcends' the physical and empirical and is only realized through the individual's intuition, rather than through the doctrines of established religions.
Prominent Transcendentalists included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret
Fuller, as well as Bronson Alcott, Orestes Brownson, William Ellery Channing, Frederick Henry Hedge, Theodore Parker, George Putnam, and Sophia Peabody, the wife of Nathaniel
Hawthorne. For a time, Peabody and Hawthorne lived at the Brook Farm Transcendentalist
utopian commune.
phillis wheatley
the first African American female
writer to be published in the United States. Her book Poems on Various Subjects was
published in 1773, two years before the American Revolutionary War began, and is seen as
one of the first examples of African American literature.
Born in what is modern day Senegal or Gambia, she was captured and sold into slavery at
the age of 5 or 6, Wheatley was brought to America in ca. 1760 where John and Susannah
Wheatley of Boston, Massachusetts purchased her and where she converted to the Christian
faith. The family of merchants made sure that the intellectually gifted girl received a
good education, including study of Latin, Greek, mythology and history. She quickly
mastered the English language. She published her first poem in 1767 at age 13 in the
Newport Mercury.
metaphysical wit
Wit in poetry is characteristic of metaphysical poetry as a style, and was prevalent in the time of English playwright Shakespeare, who admonished pretension with the phrase "Better a witty fool than a foolish wit". It may combine word play with conceptual thinking, as a kind of verbal display requiring attention, without intending to be
laugh-aloud funny; in fact wit can be a thin disguise for more poignant feelings that are being versified. English poet John Donne is the representative of this style of poetry.
"defence of poetry"
longest work: _arcadia_
he Arcadia, by far his most ambitious work, was as significant in its own way as his sonnets. The work is a romance that combines pastoral elements with a mood derived from the Hel
philip sidney
matthew arnold
arguments about the importance of "sweetness and light" (sweetness culture curtesy; light knowledge)
return to hellenic culture
loved greeks and greek mythology
culture and anarchy
empahsis on critic's location of facts
to know the thing as it really is--> "sonrab" or "rustum"
valorization of ancient greece
a conventional name applied to a Greek teacher of rhetoric
or a literary critic who may have lived in the first or third century CE. Longinus is
known only for his treatise On the Sublime a work which focuses
on the effect of good writing
Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud (October 20, 1854 – November 10, 1891) was a French poet,
born in Charleville.
* Poésies
* Le bateau ivre (1871)
* Une Saison en Enfer (1873)
* Illuminations (1874)
* Lettres
cotton mather
persucuted witches
prominant puritan minister
set the nation's moral tone
drew on the bible frequently

7-part book that was later drwan on by a variety of writers as describing the cultural significance of new england.
margaret drabble
feminist novels
angry feminists in britain
scathingly funny
murdoch's sister
flannery o'connor
southern (georgia)
likes birds
southern gothic style, grotesque characters
_a good man is hard to find_
norweigen playwright
he largely founded the modern stage by introducing a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.
drawing rooms
women's lives
"hedda gabler"
likes to write about retired older people (often actors) contemplating their lives by the sea
long sentences
uses a cocksure girl's voice
napoleonic wars
born in india; english novelist
_vanity fair_ most famous
barry lyndon in _the luck of barry lyndon_
catherine in _catherine_
He is best known now for Vanity Fair, with its deft skewerings of human foibles and its roguishly attractive heroine.
often compared to dickens
urban grime
detailed caricatured description
victorian language ("mr bumble was obviously of the mien")
several sub-clauses in sentences
Dickens's writing style is florid and poetic, with a strong comic touch. His satires of British aristocratic snobbery — he calls one character the "Noble Refrigerator" — are often popular. Comparing orphans to stocks and shares, people to tug boats, or dinner-party guests to furniture are just some of Dickens's acclaimed flights of fancy.
poet and novelist
obviously rural british idiom/vernacular
accents suggestinga dded or replaced syllables
detailed landscapes
_return of the native_
_tess of the d'ubervilles_ (sympathetic portrayal of the fallen woman)
_far from the madding crowd_
partly real, partly dream setting of 'wessex'
biblical names fused with english last names (like gabriel oak or jude fawley)
descriptions of just-missed letters (like thru the post)
strange, celestial conspiracy against man
injured innocents
"mr cassaubon"
talking philosophy
Eliot's most famous work, Middlemarch, is a turning point in the history of the novel. Making masterful use of a counterpointed plot, Eliot presents the stories of a number of denizens of a small English town on the eve of the Reform Bill of 1832. The main characters, Dorothea Brooke and Tertius Lydgate, long for exceptional lives but are powerfully constrained both by their own unrealistic expectations and by a conservative society. The novel is notable for its deep psychological insight and sophisticated character portraits.
_moll flanders_(picturesque rogue's tale; moll abandoned by her mother; story told by the older moll; ambiguous moral focus)
_robinson crusoe_ (rapid and accumulative style; crusoe's isolation important)
"apparition of mrs veal"
what defoe wrote
henry james
long convoluted sentences with many sub-clauses
end of sentence will change apparent effects of the beginning
names like 'Isabel Archer'
little girl views scene she thinks is horrible but isn't really ('turn of the screw')
americans abroad esp in england
profoundly concerned with morality
"daisy miller"
_portrait of a lady_ sees a young american heroine trapped in international affairs
one of the major figures of trans-Atlantic literature. His works frequently juxtapose characters from different worlds—the Old World (Europe), simultaneously artistic, corrupting, and alluring; and the New World (United States), where people are often brash, open, and assertive—and explore how this clash of personalities and cultures affects the two worlds.

He favored internal, psychological drama, and his work is often about conflicts between imaginative protagonists and their difficult environments.
stories set in havana often bout a timid spy asked to barter his daughters
cold war
reference classical greece or rome
antiquity in the middle of a modern scene
"like a wet branch in the rain"
chinese poetry
wreck of a ship called "hesperus"
lines joined by long dashes
innovative language/not standard words
occasional reference to religion
"to strive to seek to find and not to yield"
band of brothers
"into the valley of death"
chart of the light brigade
not to question why
"lotus eaters"
classical/mythological scenes
elizabeth barett browning
form more structured
almost surely about love
sonnets about portugeuse
androgynous love
"how do i love thee? let me count the ways"
robert browning
male persepctive unintentionally confessing violence or a crime
"my last duchess"
"my wife"
"frames apart"
"andrea del sarto"
in the middle of poetic language, exclamations like "zounds" or "zooks"
love among the ruins
the sublime!
"mont blanc"
"prometheus unbound"
concerned with the mind and how the poet experiences time (the poet lives in infinity)
engaged politically
"defence of poetry"
down with political hierarchy
he and another romantic poet published "lyrical ballads" which really started the romantic era
fell in love with a french woman, alps and italy
'the prelude' to lyrical ballads highly important; he argued that poetry should be based on the real language of men, and is the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings in a mind"
wrote a lot about nature, simple natural language, celebrated the poet
"simon lee" (about the old man)
"we are seven" (about the little girl and her siblings)
"the thorn"
nature and social sympathy
"tintern abbey"
hannah more
"patient joe"--man who is saved by dog stealing his meat; moral poems
wanted to improve the habits and moral character of the english
didactic poems
spensarian sonnet
three quatrains and a couplet
like a shakespearian sonnet
spensarian stanza
a stanza of nine iambic lines, the first eight in pentameter and the ninth in hexameter (it honors the author of the faerie queen)
alexandrine at the close "adds dignity"
a verse with six iambic feet, i.e. iambic hexameter
a needless alexandrine ends the song,
that, like a wounded snake, drags its slow length along
"songs of innocence" "songs of experience"
analyzed by northrop frye
affection for the bible, but hostility for the church (attacked religious hegemony)
new visions of god and men
"the shepard," "the
what blake wrote, what he wrote about.
charlotte turner smith
romantic poet
wrote a lot of sonnets
mary wollestonecraft
early feminist
'vindication of the rights of women'
hates burke
dealt with the supernatural (and some conversation poems); spoke openly of the war
'rime of the ancient marinere'
'this lime-tree bower my prison'
women's sexuality in christabel; politics elsewhere
wrote about poetic language
the hero:
talented and passionate individual who is also self-destructive (rebellious and suffering exile)
"don juan"
"childe harold's pilgrimage"
byron, his work, his hero.
blank verse
unrhymed but otherwise regular verse, usually in iambic pentameter
used by milton in paradise lost
who wrote "she walks in beauty"?
a pithy saying
an adjective used to point out a characteristic of a person or thing, but also applied to a noun or noun phrase for similar purpose
rosy-fingered dawn
noisy mansions (schoolhouses)
keat's "snarling trumpets"
an inscription on stone
a quotation on a title page of a book
an inscription used to mark burial places
epithalamium (or epithalamion)
a poem written to celebrate a wedding
(awake the muses to celebrate the bride, descriptions of the wedding, etc)
a sustained and formal poem setting forth meditations on death or another solemn theme
a composition in praise of a living person, object or event
objective correlative
coined by t.s. eliot
a pattern of objects, actions, or events that can serve to awaken in the reader an emotional response without having to actually say what that response is
free verse
verse is rarely free
but it would be without rhyme or rhythm-scheme
the substitution of the name of an object closely associated with a word for the word itself
like calling the monarch "the crown"
morality play
poetic drama developed in the late fourteenth century distinguished from religious drama proper (like the mysetry play)
it is dramatized by an allegory in which abstractions (like mercy, conscience, etc) appear in human form
they are often religious, doctrinal, political
"Everyman" is one
restoration comedy
primarily realistic
comedy of humors
special type of realistic comedy developed in the closing years of the sixteenth century by ben jonson etc
characters have conduct controlled by one humor (like blood/the liver)
elizabethan masque
procession of masked figures through the streets, modified by the religious drama to become a masque
has rapidly changing scenes and tableaux crowded with beautiful figures
rhyme royal
a seven-lined iambic pentameter stanza rhyming ABABBCC (sometimes with an alexandrine--in hexameter--at the end)
english sonnet
also called
shakesperian sonnet
three quatrains (three sets of four lines) with their own rhyme schemes
and a two-line conclusion
italian sonnet
also called
petrarchan sonnet
dintinguished by its division into the octave and seset (the octave rhyming ABBAABBA, and the sestet CDECDE)
SO: eight lines with a rhyme scheme; then six lines with a rhyme scheme
form of verse to be sung or recited and characterized by its presentation of a dramatic or exciting episode in simple narrative form
commedia dell'arte
improvised comedy
a form of italian low comedy dating from the very early times
actors play conventional parts
a "harlequin" interrupted the action at times
who is malvolio?
the steward of Olivia's household in William Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night, or What You Will.
he is sour and straight-laced
who is mosca?
a little fly bastard in ben jonson's play who tells Voltore, Corbaccio, and Corvino, in their turns, that they are to be named Volpone's heir, thanks to his influence.
who/what is tamburlaine?
a play by marlowe!
tamburlaine is a conqueror; he goes around conquering nations and dies a great man
summarize tess of the d'ubervilles
tess is impregnated by the noble alec d'uberville; runs away to have the baby but it dies. she has a new start, marries angel, confesses her past and he abandons her.
tess eventually kills alec to prove her love for angel, whom she runs away with, but then gets executed.
summarize moll flanders
moll is the daughter of a convict who grows up a foster child, marries one of her foster brothers, who then dies. then she goes around trying to marry for money, becomes a thief, and ends up in newgate prison.
everyone has a monetary value
henry fielding
author of tom jones
summarize tom jones
tom jones is a mischievous fellow, thought to be a bastard child, who is warm but always getting into trouble. his actual brother (but they don't know) always tries to persucute him.
he travels about after he is kicked out of his home, and he marries sophia in the end.
northrop frye
got famous studying blake
looked at the intentionalist fallacy
took a cue from aristotle and did things inductively
an intellectual movement utilizing the methods of structural linguistics and structural anthropology
like barthes, they looks for not an explication but an account of the modes of literary discourse and their operation
relationship between structures of society and how meaning is built
applying a structuralist literary theory might say that the authors of the West Side Story did not write anything "really" new, because their work has the same structure as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
coined by derrida
denotes a process by which the texts and languages of (particularly) Western philosophy appear to shift and complicate in meaning when subjected to the textual readings of deconstruction
meaning is perpetually deferred
text contradicts itself
teaches a thoery of value based on labor, economic determination, etc.
talks about society and communism; social actions and institutions crucil
saul bellow
Bellow is best known for writing novels that investigate isolation, spiritual dissociation, and the possibilities of human awakening, echoing his Jewish heritage
his "adventures of augie march" is about a chicago-born man who has a series of adventures, somewhat like tom jones.
"dangling man" is considered apprentice work, also about a man from chicago
two or more kinds of sensation combined together
like a "loud shirt" or a "blue note"
an english metaphysical poet
"the soul is like a drop of dew"
terza rima
a three-line stanza, supposedly devised by dante with rhyme scheme:
ABA BCB CDC etc etc
one rhyme is used for the first and third lines and a new rhyme of the second introduced in the next stanza
ottava rima
a stanza consisting of eight iambic pentameter lines rhyming ABABABCC.
like in don juan
who talked about "dissociatino of sensibility" and "escape from personality" in _tradition and the individual talent_?
who coined the term "objective correlative?
t.s. eliot
who talked about relativity, impression, sensation?
who preferred the artificial to the natural?
who discussed responsibility, choice, that there is no exit from choice/responsibility?
who discussed structures of power, every form of power as a statement, discipline, analogies of self/state, police?
who said, "the moment of the death of the author is the moment of the life of the reader"?
who talked about how the west manages/manufactures the east through a discourse of power, or the Other? who talked about countries west of turkey?
who talked about mimicry, hybridity?
what romantic poet was also concerned with time?
nineteen line poem
five stanzas, each three lines, except the last which is four lines
repeated lines
thirty-nine line poem
six stanzas of six lines each
same six end-words but in different order for each stanz
the last three lines must gather up and deploy the six end-words
each stanza four lines long
as many stanzas as one likes
repeating lines (abab bcbc cdcd, etc)
who wrote the 'defence of poetry'?
dorothea brook
edward casaubon
tertius lydgate
will ladislaw
characters in middlemarch
who talked about "sonrab" or "rustum"?
matthew arnold
who said "the soul is like a drop of dew"?
long and convuluted sentences, with many subclauses
end will change the apparent effects of the beginning
henry james
who wrote a seven-part book that had to do with new england history?
cotton mather.
who are hedda gabler?
pier gynt?
who wrote about them?
these are characters in what?
shakespeare's twelfth night
what is seven lines and in iambic pentameter?
rhyme royal
main difference between rhyme royale and a spensarian stanza?
rhyme royal is seven lines, SOMETIMES ending in an alexandrine.
spensarian stanza is nine lines, ALWAYS ending in an alexandrine.
"of all the causes which conspire to blind
man's erring judgment, and misguide the mind,
what the weak head with strongest bias rules,
is pride, the never-failing vice of fools"
pope's "an essay on criticism"
"not, i'll not, carrion comfort, despair, not feast on thee;
not untwist--slack they may be--these last strands of man"
gerard manley hopkins "carrion comfort"
"since wailing is a bud of causeful sorrow,
since sorrow is the follower of ill fortune,
since no ill fortune equals public damage,
now prince's loss hath made our damage public"
sidney's "old arcadia"
"methought i saw my late espoused saint
brought to me like alcestis from the grave,
whom jove's great son to her glad husband gave,
rescued from death by force, though pale and faint"
milton's "methought i saw my late espoused saint"
"at the round earth's imagined corners, blow
your trumpets, angels; and arise, arise
from death, you numberless infinities
of souls, and to your scattered bodies go;
all whom the flood did, and fire shall, o'erthrow"
donne's "holy sonnet: at the round earth's imagined corners"
"the city now doth, like a garment, wear
the beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
ships, towers, domes, theaters, and temples lie
open unto the fields, and to the sky"
wordsworth's "composed on westminster bridge"
"bright star, would i were steadfast as thou art--
not in lone splendor hung aloft the night
and watching, with eternal lids apart,
like nature's patient sleepless eremite"
keats "bright star"
"how do i love thee? let me count the ways.
i love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
for the ends of being and ideal grace"
elizabeth barrett browning's "sonnets form the portuguese"
"what my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
i have forgotten, and what arms have lain
under my head till morning; but the rain
is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
upon the glass and listen for reply"
edna st vincent millay's "what lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why"
"the cambridge ladies who live in furnishd souls
are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds
(also, with the church's protestant blessings
duaghters, unscented shapeless spirited)"
ee cummings "tulips and chimmneys"
"we real cool. we
left school. we

lurk late. we
strike straight. we

sing sin. we
thin gin. we

jazz june. we
die soon."
gwendolyn brooks "we real cool"
"what is beauty, saith my sufferings, then?
if all teh pens that ever poets held
had fed the feeling of their masters' thoughts
and every sweetness that inspired their hearts,
their minds and muses on admired themes"
marlowe's "tamburlaine"
It was a summer night, a close warm night,
Wan, dull, and glaring, with a dripping mist
Low-hung and thick that covered all the sky,
Half threatening storm and rain; but on we went
Unchecked, being full of heart and having faith
wordsworth's "the prelude"
It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among those barren crags,
Matched with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me
tennyson's "ulysses"
In pious times, e’re priestcraft did begin,
Before polygamy was madea sin;
When man on many multiplied his kind,
Ere one to one was cursedly confined
dryden's "absalom and achitophel"
Still, wond’rous youth! each noble path pursue,
On deathelss glories fix thine ardent view:
Still may the painter’s and the poet’s fire
To aid they pencil, and they verse conspire!
wheatley's "to s.m., an african painter,on seeing his works"
…she had a heart—how shall I say?—too soon made glad,
too easily impressed; she liked whate’er
she looked on, and her looks went everywhere.
Sir, ‘twas all one!
browning's "my last duchess"
The double sorwe of troilus to tellen,
That was the kyng of priamus sone of troye,
In lovynege, how his aventures fellen
Fro wo to wele, and after out of joie,
My purpos is, er that I parte fro ye.
chaucer's "troilus and criseyde"
So having ended, silence long ensewed,
Ne nature to or fro spake for a space,
But with firme eyes affixt, the ground still viewed.
Meane while, all creatures, looking in her face
spenser's "the faerie queen"
what distinguishes an elegy?
The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the french coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay⬦
And we are here as on
matthew arnold's "dover beach"
come live with me and be my love,
and we will all the pleasures prove
that valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
woods, or steepy mountain yields
marlowe's "the passionate shepard to his love"
how vainly men themselves amaze
to win the palm, the oak, or bays,
and their incessant labors see
crowned from some single herb, or tree,
whose short and narrow-verged shade
does prudently their toils upbraid;
while all flow
marvell "the garden"
thou still unravisehd bride of quietness,
thou foster child of silence and slow time,
sylvan historian, who canst thus express
a flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme
when old age shall this generation waste,
thou sha
keats' "ode on a grecian urn"
season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
conspiring with him how to load and bless
with fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run
keats' "to autumn"
for authorities whose hopes
are shaped by mercenaries?
writers entrapped by
teatime fame and by
commuters' comforts? not for these
the paper nautilus
constructs her thin glass shell.
marianne moore's "the paper nautilus"
she sang beyond the genius of the sea.
the water never formed to mind or voice,
like a body wholly body, fluttering
its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
wallace stevens "the idea of order at key west"
by the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast--a cold wind.
but now the stark dignity of
entrance--still the profound change
has come upon them: rooted,
william carlos williams' "spring and all"
you do not do, you do not do
any more, black shoe
in which i have lived like a foot
for thirty years, poor and white,
barly daring to breathe or achoo
there's a stake in your fat black heart
and the villagers never
sylvia plath's "daddy"
if you see "vladimir" or "estragon", who wrote this?
who wrote "mont blanc?"
who wrote "kubla khan"?
the "spontaneous overflow of feelings in a mind" is from what?
wordsworth's "the prelude"
who looked at the interplay between imagination and reality and between consciousness and the world?
wallace stevens
Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of the sea,
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and of our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds
wallace stevens' "the idea of order at key west"
who was the source of spenser's virtues in the faerie queen?
these are the books of what?
* Book I: Holiness
* Book II: Temperance
* Book III: Chastity
* Book IV: Friendship
* Book V: Justice
* Book VI: Courtesy
spenser's the faerie queen
Let none then blame me, if in discipline
Of vertue and of civill uses lore,
I doe not forme them to the common line
Of present dayes, which are corrupted sore,
But to the antique use which was of yore,
When good was onely fo
spenser's "the faerie queen"
the birthday party
the caretaker
the homecoming

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