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History of English Literature-Feb.7&9 Keats & Tennyson/Arnold & Hardy

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Department
English
Course
ENGLISH 1C06
Professor
Peter Walley
Semester
Winter

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February 7 Eve of St Agnes John Keats and Mariana Alfred Lord Tennyson ComparisonMuch overlapping of death and elegiac longing mood poems o St Agnes embodied with eroticism but framed by deathShared stylistic and thematic preoccupations o Neogothic prerenaissance ideologypainterly and dreamlike o Depicting shifting consciousness o Connecting religion and desire the angel woman o Anxious about womans sexuality o Obsessed with time and deathContextso Rise in gothic in literature and architecture the primitive medievalo Catholic Emancipation in Britain 1829 proudly protestant church set against the power of Rome and postemancipation newfound fascination with Catholicism o PreRaphaelite paintings they wanted get back to the simplicity of medieval story to nature with strong colours and created static tableau history painting Eve of St AgnesFigure of old man steeped in his spiritualityan embodied faith he becomes the embodiment of religion and pietyo He gets alms for praying for the dead there is even a taint of corruption ache in icy hoods and mails
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