ENG220 Rape of Lucrece 2

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Published on 26 Sep 2011
School
UTSG
Department
English
Course
ENG220H1
ENG220
Monday, September 19, 2011
Rape of Lucrece
Argument
prose narrative
poem: 7-line stanzas of iambic pentameter
prose vs poetry: rhythm and pulse
intertext: presence of literary, artistic, or musical reference system that dynamically
interacts with the work
i.e. story of Troy as background for nation
allusion: symptom
deeper underline structure, larger dynamic intertext at work
network of references and allusions
reading as archaeological process
opening sets story in motion with a journey (Tarquin going to visit Lucrece)
layered with metaphors
trustless wings of false desire, lust-breathed Tarquin
inhibited by lightless fire....
virginity and chastity
physical status vs mental
sexual status of body in relation to mind
linkage of “waist” and “chaste” in opening, rhyme, pun
Tarquin bringing waste/ruin to family and Lucrece
Sir Philip Sidney
not rhyming and versing that makes poet, but fainting notable images of virtues,
vices, delightful teaching that describe poet...
poem and ethical function
via images of poetry, .e. metaphor
first stanza
name of chaste unhappily set...
Collatine unwisely did not let to praise the clear unmatched red and white
colors important to iconography of poem
metaphors of commerce, money and esteem
absence of sight, go to Rome to check sight
Tarquin’s ears infected with lust first
visual beauty kind of speaking persuasion
power of language, description and vision speaking by itself without need of language
image of ears as being vulnerable, open all the time
what goes in ear goes directly to heart
speaking fiction
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