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Western University
English 1022E
David Bentley

ENGLISH 1022E November 18 , 2010 ENGLISH – Lecture 20 1 – “A particular landscape poetically described.” 2 – “historical retrospection” 3 – incidental meditation” ROMANTIC RETURN POEM “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) GREATER ROMANTIC LYRIC… 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” WORDSWORTH…. 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. ENGLISH 1022E November 18 , 2010 o Inner world remakes and shapes the perception of the outer world. Creativity is important as well as imagination. o Verse Paragraphs: 1—22, 23—48, 49—57, 58—111, 112—end. o Tintern Abbey: verbs placed at ends of lines, emphasis, making this a passive activity of this landscape. From prosing the landscape to remembering the landscape through a motion of feeling and emotion. o Line 25 – thinking back to London, didn’t like it. Bottom-up relationship. Feelings come from heart,
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