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Lecture 8

ENGC47H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Schadenfreude, Elegy, Free Verse


Department
English
Course Code
ENGC47H3
Professor
Andrew Du Bois
Lecture
8

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Home burial
The husband is analogues to the situation and is a reader - having to interpret the actions of his
wife
The interpretive work that goes into the drama
Frost gives direction
Both a straight forward analysis of the drama but also practically staged
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Imagining situation that are outside of the story and map it in one way or another
Sometimes the piece is too "tidy" - we can sum it up and paraphrase it
But take the husband as an interpreter - reading into the silence and the actions
Literature or poems try to present "an equipment" for living
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Kipling
Begins with a question, leaving us with uncertainty
We are in the same position as the Private, not knowing
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Create order
Repetition - military song
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Asserts the hierarchy - someone is in charge of you is built into the poem
Someone lower down has to answer to someone above
Question and answer dynamic
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Even though there is a hierarchy they use the same dialect
Dropping the "H"s - not an aristocrat
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They’ve been called to witness an execution that has a purpose - order must be maintained
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The tone doesn't appear to be either jingoistic or melancholy
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There's a son, but he's the only son
The clerk
Civilians - affected without fighting
Soldiers
Statesmen - calls everyone to war
Drifters
Women - also dying along side men
Shows range of suffering
The dead get to speak for themselves rather than spoken about in a distant position - self elegies
Mixed with the elegy and epitaph
Also epigrammatic - small take away moments
Each epitaph has its own order, although they don't seem to fall into a broader category
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Underneath the order you feel distanced
Unsettling - ironic relationship
Although parts rhyme, you get a sense of disorder
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Formal poems
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Robinson (163)
Taking pleasure in the suffering of others (schadenfreude)
We look at the person who is higher in economic status to us - higher in the hierarchy
Manifested in the diction - not very ornamental issue
Appears ordinary
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The man who should be happy is the least happy, but we don't know if he's unhappy for a long time
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Working in the east - plain spokeness - like Frost's diction
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He's really being watched
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Lecture 8
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
9:09 AM
C. de Souza ENGC47H3 Page 1
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