ENGL 1F91 Lecture Notes - Prosopopoeia, Topos
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ENGL 1F91: The Sonnet, Lecture 2
-you have options
- rhyme scheme : the terminal sound at the end of each line
Octave: 8 lines
Sestet : 6 lines, can be broken down into two smaller units called tercets (3)
3 Quatrain: 4 lines
1 Couplet: 2 lines
Quatrains are parallel however it shows that the time changes.
!Ex. seasons to days to hours
Topos: greek word for place, common place
Mutability: “one day we are all going to die”
Imagery: the nouns in the poem, the kinds of images that he/she creates for us.
Prevenient (grace): comes from latin meaning before, comes before. The grace that is
already there before you even know you need to ask for it.
Prosopopoeia: to make a mask, to attribute human characteristics to an abstract
Shakespearean Sonnet (page 503, sonnet 73)
Italian Sonnet (page 721, How Soon Hath Time)
Sestet has more ﬂexibility with rhyme scheme, where as octaves almost always follow
the rhyme scheme.
- uses fruit as metaphors
Fast/slow used to represent Miltonʼs character!
- Fast maturing on the outside
- slow maturing on the inside
Tuesday September 13th 2011
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