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Lecture 12

ENG305 Lecture 12

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Jennifer Harris

Rape of the Lock  Mock-epic to reveal frivolities and superficiality of modern society, especially female society and vanity  Wit as spontaneous, not real knowledge but shallow, superficial tricks of the world… language tricking perception  John Locke essay -> verrrrry long sentences  Language using rigour and reason to communication idea, to differentiate…  Spectator – wit like fine woman… beautiful dressed and undressed  Locke and transformation of understanding of English language from rhetorical language (symbolic) to language as mode of communication, ideas, as medium  Communicating with pure reason and pure ideas  Essay on Criticism o 289 Some to conceit alone their taste confine, o 290And glitt'ring thoughts struck out at ev'ry line; o 291Pleas'd with a work where nothing's just or fit; o 292One glaring chaos and wild heap of wit. o 293Poets, like painters, thus, unskill'd to trace o 294The naked nature and the living grace, o 295With gold and jewels cover ev'ry part, o 296And hide with ornaments their want of art. o 297True wit is nature to advantage dress'd, o 298What oft was thought, but ne'er so well express'd, o 299Something, whose truth convinc'd at sight we find, o 300That gives us back the image of our mind. o 301As shades more sweetly recommend the light, o 302So modest plainness sets off sprightly wit. o 303For works may have more wit than does 'em good, o 304As bodies perish through excess of blood.  Yolking together different ideas to show wit in poetry  Criticizing poems that look pretty but have nothing underneath o 305 Others for language all their care express, o 306And value books, as women men, for dress: o 307Their praise is still--"the style is excellent": o 308The sense, they humbly take upon content. o 309Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, o 310Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found. o 311False eloquence, like the prismatic glass, o 312Its gaudy colours spreads on ev'ry place; o 313The face of Nature we no more survey, o 314All glares alike, without distinction gay: o 315But true expression, like th' unchanging sun, o 316Clears, and improves whate'er it shines upon, o 317It gilds all objects, but it alters none. o 318Expression
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