Class Notes (838,541)
Canada (510,933)
English (1,425)
ENG220Y1 (74)

Rape of Lucrece - Lec 4 Notes

5 Pages
Unlock Document

Elizabeth Harvey

The Rape of Lucrece – Lecture 4 Notes - Lines 92-112 -from whose perspective are we hearing the poem from? -plaiting/braiding also a word used to describe an individual’s character during this time period -in the first of these Stanza’s First Stanza  Which, having all, all could not satisfy: -very good representation of Tarquin’s lust -pay attention to the word all -> this is a rhetorical figure -one of the sources of the intricate power of language in poem -this rhetorical figure is called epizeuxis -> simply the repetition of word and gives the poem an augmentation -word taken from site Silva Rhetoricae -with the repetition of all -> only to modify the meaning with its opposite -projects what we see in the structure of the poem -uses the rhetorical figure pollexis as well (foreshadowing) Second Stanza --this stanza is a face-face confrontation -juxtaposition between eyes and ears Third Stanza -the theme of chivalry and patriarchy is also brought up Lines 120-133 -in the poem, we get an extended description of what happened -copiousness -> opening and extending the margins of a story or a narrative -this is done through a journey through Tarquin’s mind as he fights with himself -this is how Shakespeare modified the story -this journey through his mind is known as Psychomachia -Second Stanza -this is a sustained example of Feminine rhyme: final unstressed syllable rhymes -Shakespeare uses this to break affect -each of this words is made up with a present participle: Durative action -this is not a finite action -> extends itself into time -unresolved psychomachia within the mind -> durative and not going away -Gender: -in the Renassiance: masculinity -> marshal valour was one of the powerful characteristics -Feminity-> to be emotional and soft, and consumed with desire, passive and indecisive -it was thought that men who spent too much time thinking about sex became feminine -> enslaved by desire -in these stanzas, Tarquin becomes portrayed as weak and feminine Lines 155-68 -animal imagery is used in these stanzas and also runs through poem (Lamb reference) -there is also a connection between the characters in the poem and the world they live in -as if the world is reacting to this act -> world gains animicity (animate) Lines 169-82 -tarquin being tossed between desire and dread -> the use of the cloak is important -in the second stanza -> in the last line, Tarquin is trying to get himself aroused for this moment -in the beginning of the poem, we already hear references to the “fire”, in this stanza, sparks are made in reference to the sword -> represented as “phallic object” -word for vagina -> “sheath” (latin translation) -Apostrophe -> a rhetorical figure, direct reference to something inanimate of abstract -in this case, the address is to the torch -Tarquin uses these inanimate objects to help him with his act -Anaphora-> rhetorical device the repetition of the same word in subsequent lines -> the word “O” is continually repeated -golden coat, herald, cipher, posterity -> in last stanza are connected -ciphers are symbolic figures or letters, can also be a code -cipher is a sign for the female genitalia (the 0, or the not) -“O”-> is a sound or letter to watch for because it could mean vagina Lines 300-315 -Taquin’s opening of doors is representative of the space between Tarquin and Lucrece’s will which he is forcing open -the rape itself had been transposed into an architectural metaphor -long tradition of representing the body as a house -refers also to the genealogical lineage that is represented by the “house” -eg. The House of York, the House of the Montigues, etc. -house=lineage Lines 351-71 -notice Tarquin’s knee inserted between Lucrese legs as a sign of the violation about to occur (in the painting of rape of Lucrese) -there is also a lot of animal imagery Lines 386-406 -In Shakespeare’s language, Sleep and Death are very similar -in the renaissance they wondered where the soul went while the body slept -description of Lucrece sleeping -> see the blazon being used -anadiplosis -> The repetition of the last word (or phrase) from the previous line, clause, or sentence at the beginning of the next -this is seen in the second stanza -Polyptoton: Repeating a word, but in a different form. Using a cognate of a given word in close proximity (same word, different grammatical form) -also seen in the second stanza (will, wilful, etc) -as if we are getting a glimpse of Lucrece before she gets transformed into the body which she will become -translation of sleep to death has been suspended Lines 449-69 -Lucrece is suspended between sleeping and waking -we move from vision to touch -think of the language of sensation, emotion, fear etc. -> how they get translated into articulate language Lines 505-18 -Tarquin is said to be a falcon -> comes from family cal
More Less

Related notes for ENG220Y1

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.