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Lecture 20

English 1022E Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Blank Verse, Tabula Rasa, Wax Tablet

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English 1022E
David Bentley

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ENGLISH 1022E November 18th, 2010
ENGLISH Lecture 20
1 “A particular landscape poetically described.”
2 “historical retrospection”
3 incidental meditation”
“Take and eat in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on Him thy heart with
thanksgiving Anglican Communion Service
“And I [Jesus] say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock shall I build my church, and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against us” – Matthew 16.18
Wax tablet (Aristotle)
Tabula rasa (John Locke)
Blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter)
M.H Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp (reflect / illuminate)
o Ode, spoken by Chorus off to the side of the stage
o Topographical poem, describes a setting or landscape. Dominant form until 1820,
finding terms to poetically describe landscape, thinking about history of landscape.
Typically they were written in rhymed couplets.
1 “A particular landscape poetically described.”
2 “historical retrospection”
3 incidental meditation
o Chooses blank verse instead, lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter.
o Wordsworth was twenty-three when he wrote BLANK. Extraordinary he could come up with
some influential writing. Attempts to establish everything he said about how poets come
into value, establish moods of emotion, etc. Subjectivity is more important than objectivity.
Imagination is more powerful than rationality. Trying to articulate a new relationship
between human beings and the world around them, spiritually, physically and mentally.
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