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English 2230F/G Lecture Notes - Margaret Avison, Sestet, Oxymoron


Department
English
Course Code
English 2230F/G
Professor
Nielson

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That Poetry Class
I think It’s class 8
Terms
- (Medial) Caesurae
oA grammatical break in the middle of a line (for drama homie)
oPause in metered poetry
- Narrative poetry
ounlike the lyric poems (which are just fragments, narrative poems are
not)
- A pander
oSomeone who helps along the lovers
oDepending on the theme the pander can have malevolent undertones
For instance, if love proves to be fatal think about it
oNow-a-days it’s all about being a peeeeuuuummmmp (pimp)
- Senex Iratus
o(usually) the father figure who tries to frustrate the lovers
- Denouement
oThe unravelling
- Diachronic: studying a poem across a time period
- Synchronic: studying a poem within it’s time period
Keats The Eve of St. Agnes
- Pathetic Fallacy
- Cold chilly night in the first two stanzas
- PLOT: two young people in love in warring families
oMadeline and also Porphyro
oNight of st. agnes’ eve which is the coldest night of the year
oMedieval
- Spenserian Stanza
oEight lines of iambic pentameter
oLast line is a line of iambic hexameter or an alexandrine
oRhyme scheme is ABABBCBCC
oInvented by Edward Spenser or something
- So there is a story teller, a narrator
oDifferent kind of language is used
oDifferent from a lyric poem because a lyric poem has a speaker
- Angela
oSort of works as both senex iratus, or the pander
She’s a more complex character
oIs she someone who is a helper, or a ruiner of innocence?
- Porphyro
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