Week 17: Rape of the Lock
Reign of Queen Anne
-1707: Great Britian = “Act of Union” => England, Scotland, and Wales
-British empire = control over N America, India, etc.
-1714: George of Hanover invited to assume the throne; his limited knowledge of English
+ Egland allows more political power in hands on Parliament => ensures no Catholic
Scientific advancement: Newton advances mathematics, scientific method, last vestiges
of heliocentricism eliminated
-technology: coal mining, steam engine accelerate Industrial Revolution
-Empiricism: diaries + biographies more popular => the imp of one person, ppl interested
in details of daily life; human beings could ascertain truth through observation,
experimentation, experience; interest in personal observation => unimportant ppl become
popular through published diaries
-tabula rasa = mind is blank at birth + imprinted w ideas through experience. All
knowledge comes through reasoning from experience. Essay Concerning Human
-see more notes
-decorum: fitness of genre + style to subject matter; etiquette
-reason: human capacity to analyze + understand, including but not limited to logic;
-wit: refined cleverness, sees diff in apparent different things,
-more terms: -> egalitarian, rational, etc.
-nature: universally shared, unchanging features of humanity; NOT
mysterious/spiritual nature seen by Romantics
-> exemplified in works of ancient poets esp. Homer: “Those things which delight
all ages must have been an imitation of nature”
-Enthusiast: (not positive) one of hot, credulous imagination; thinks himself
inspired/very fond of something. Eg. Kings who think they’re better than others= bad.
-Enthusiastick: over-jealous in any one of thing
-Heroic Couplet: rhyming couplet of iambic pentameter, expressed value of regularity or
“smoothness”; expressive substitutions usually maintain syllable count; enjambment
rejected in favour of integrity of line.