ENG303H1 Lecture Notes - Last Judgment, Elegy, Wonton

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Nativity
Pastoral shepherds from poetic tradition
Hymn 1-12, 13-18, 19-26, 27 stanza division
Nature sensuality and shame in coming to face with Maker
Crediting nature with human emotion
Solemn occasion, setting tone for great change happening
No moment for nature to wonton and play
Nature impurity from Fall
Olive branch and symbol of peace with Coming of Christ
Calm peace, oceans
Allusion to Noah’s Ark, coming of peace after chaos
Lucifer not wanting to pay attention to birth of Christ
Sun and son
Stars awed by Christ’s birth
Time stands still in anticipation of arrival, arrested for moment
Shepherds oblivious to what is about to happen, simply chatting…
Pan Greek God of nature, patron god of shepherds
Jesus as Good Shepherd
Patronizing, condescending of pastoral but also envious of simple rustic perfection
Christ is to kindly come live with them below
Rupturing sound
Majestic images of angels, Heaven’s new heir
Such music did not exist since God first made world, great creative moment
Reaction of world to creator
Crystal spheres of universe that rotate around Earth (Ptolemy) making different noises
that are unheard after the Fall
Blessing human ears to be able to hear the music, Earth as base of Heaven’s organ,
consort of angelic symphony
Reality of judgement before salvation
Theological, bigger picture
Although Jesus is in infancy, will have to die on the cross
Looking from beginning to the end of time, apocalypse, revelations
Only beginning of the story
Truth and justice will down return to men
Babe lies yet in smiling infancy, that on the bitter cross must redeem our loss…
Dreadful judge
Last judgement, horrid and trumpet of doom
Fantasy of salvation can’t be achieved yet but can be seen, Satan into narrower limits
New transition again into “Oracles are dumb”
oracles have no voice anymore after coming of Christ
Catalogue of pagan gods fleeing from shrines
Sweating of marble statues… power leaving
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