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Brit Lit Final
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What years does the 17th and 18th century/neoclassical period span
Historical context highlights of the 17th and 18th centuries
Charles I and Parliament, the Civil War, the Restoration, the Glorious Revolution, the Industrial Age, the Enlightenment, Puritans, Age of Reason
What is metaphysical poetry
Poetry that had a greater emphasis on the spoken quality rather than lyrical verse (Richard Crashaw, John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell)
What are the characteristics of metaphysical poetry
Intellectual playfulness, argument, paradoxes, irony, conceits, incongruity, and the rhythms of ordinary speech
Who wrote "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"
Identify the speaker, situation, and message of "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"
Speaker: a man in love (John Donne) Situation: a man must leave his wife behind Message: They should be comforted by the fact that although they may be physically apart they will not experience a breach or absence because they share one seal
What are 2 conceits in "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"
The drawing compass (they are separate but connected) The movement of the stars and planets (that are inconsistent with a perfect circular orbit)
What are 2 examples of paradox in "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"
Life is a circle, two souls are one
What is assonance
Repetition of vowel sounds that reinforces a calm comforting sound
What is the form of "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning"
Quatrains with near rhyme and alliteration
Who wrote "Holy Sonnet 10"
Identify the speaker, situation, and message of "Holy Sonnet 10"
Speaker: a religious person challenging death Situation: a person in a conversation with death warning death not to be proud Message: death is powerless because other forces influence man's end and death itself will ultimately die
What is the form of "Holy Sonnet 10"
Shakespearean structure with Petrarchan rhyme scheme
What literary device is used throughout "Holy Sonnet 10"
Who wrote "To His Coy Mistress"
What general theme do "To His Coy Mistress," "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time," and "Song" share
Carpe diem (means "seize the day" in latin)
What is the form of "To His Coy Mistress"
hidden quatrains, pairs of couplets, written in iambic tetrameter
Identify the speaker, situation, and message of "To His Coy Mistress"
Speaker: a man in love Situation: the man is arguing with a girl who won't say yes Message: Since death will win in the end they should become lovers
Who wrote "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time"
Identify the speaker, situation, and message of "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time"
Speaker: a man Situation: a man is warning young virgins to not delay marrying Message: marry before you miss the chance
Identify and explain a symbol in "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time"
A flower that will be good one day and dead the other (idek)
What is the form of "To the Virgins to Make Much of Time"
quatrains written in alternating iambic terameter and iambic trimeter
Who wrote "Song"
Sir John Suckling
Identify the speaker, situation, and message of "Song"
Speaker: a man Situation: a friend talking to a friend about his crush Message: don't waste your time with her because she doesn't want you
Describe the attitude of the speaker in "Song"
He goes from being concerned about his friend to demanding
Analyze the form of "Song"
quatrains written in trochaic trimeter
List the highlights of John Milton's bio
privileged childhood, God's poet, man of ideals, public service private loss
What was Milton's motivation for writing Paradise Lost
A war torn England due to political change, and religious turmoil between puritans and the Church of England
long narrative poem about a hero
Identify 2 epic conventions in Paradise Lost (the real question is to find the passages)
In the beginning of the poem, Milton calls upon the muses. Supernatural powers
Identify and explain at least one Biblical allusion in Paradise Lost
Adama and Eve
In what verse style is Paradise Lost written
Identify the years of the romantic period
Identify the historical context highlights
The French Revolution
Identify the characteristics of the literature in the Romantic period
celebration of the individual, awe of nature, intense emotion, interest in the common man and childhood, and importance of imagination
Who wrote "The Lamb" and "The Tyger"
What subject does both "The Lamb" and "The Tiger" address
innocence/ a creator
Identify a symbol in "The Lamb"
the lamb symbolizes innocence
Identify a metaphor in "The Tyger"
the blacksmith captures the concept of the creator
Who wrote "The World is Too Much With Us"
Identify the speaker, situation, and message of "The World is Too Much With Us"
Speaker: William Wordsworth Situation: Wordsworth is admonishing the British Message: we have become materialistic and have lost touch with nature; now we must re-discover nature
Analyze the form of "The World is Too Much With Us"
Petrarchan sonnet form octave and sestet
Identify at least three examples of Romantic characteristics in the poem
awe of nature (This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon..), intense emotion (We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!), and importance of imagination (have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn)
Who wrote "Kubla Khan"?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
What sound device does the poet employ throughout the poem? Give an example
Identify at least 3 examples of Romantic characteristics in "Kubla Khan"
interest in the common man and childhood (a damsel with a dulcimer In a vision I once saw), awe of nature (Where Alph the sacred river, ran through caverns measureless to man), importance of imagination (a sunny pleasure dome with caves of ice)
Who wrote "Ozymandias"
Analyze the form of "Ozymandias"
Petrarchan octave and sestet
Identify 3 examples of Romantic characteristics in "Ozymandias"
awe of nature (Round the decay/Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare/The lone and level sands stretch far away,"), interest in common man (Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown/And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command..."
What is the historical context of "1984"
Totalitarian governments were rising after WWII
In what year was "1984" published
What basic feature of Western though prevailed prior to WWII? What change in though happened after WWII
The world could live peacefully. This thought changed negatively
From what point of view is "1984" told
What type of atmosphere does Orwell create at the beginning of the novel
mysterious, dark, militant
For which ministry does Winston work? What does he do
The Ministry of Truth. He changes the news/history and makes it agree with what Big Brother says
What are the various means by which the government controls the citizens of Oceania
They control their thoughts (tele screen, propaganda, thought police)
What is the central theme of "1984"
warn of the serious danger totalitarianism poses to society (idek)
What is the secondary theme of "1984"
thought is important (idek)
What are Oceania's 3 slogans
War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength
How does Winston rebel against Big Brother in the 1st chapter of "1984"
he writes in his diary
Identify the 4 ministries and their areas of responsibility. In what way are the 4 ministries an example of parody
Mini Truth-news, entertainment, education, and fine arts
Mini Love-law and order
Mini Plenty-economic affairs
They are a parody of FDR's "The Four Freedoms" speech
What type of essay is the "Modest Proposal"
When was the "Modest Proposal" written
Why is the "Modest Proposal" ironic
it is not modest
What is the proposal in the "Modest Proposal"
sell 1-year-olds for food
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