English 1022E Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Syphilis, Italian Renaissance, My Last Duchess

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Components of dramatic monologue: speaker who is not the poet, listener(s) who is/are not the reader (s, occasion or event. Interplay between speaker and listener(s: tension between attraction and repulsion. Marriage hearse = greatest example of oxymoron blake sees marriage as causing the problem. Written in published in 1842 5 yrs after queen victoria came to the throne, 25-30 yrs after congress of vienna which ended napoleonic wars and restabilized europe. Poets were asked not to write about sex, psychosis and other controversial topics; ideal became to write poems and short stories etc. that could be read allowed to whole family including the innocent and sensitive young girls. Era of famous dr. boulder boudlerized shakespeare took out anything that seemed likely to be offensive bc of violence, sexual reference, too disturbing, etc. King lear rewritten to have happy ending, no longer a tragedy. Invented dramatic monologue spoken by one person alone 1.

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