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Demers Anthology: Cautionary Tales (Titles mentioned under each note)

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Dr.H.Forsythe Paul

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Meditation of the Eggs
You can have life but that doesnt mean youre a Christian. Individual faith to make you
Individual idea of faith, beyond hatching, comes out of your flesh
Series of analogy how many angles he can make work for this analogy for the chick
coming out of the egg and Christian
After the chick emerges from the egg its vulnerable to preyafter man becomes a
Christian he has no fear at all (salvation)
False Christian versus Rotten egg
Middle is always the darkest of a trilogy because you need things to get better
Not all men can be born again and saved, all these horrible things that could come out of an
egg and never be healthy
Entirely focused on Puritan teachings to a child
Not just the soul of the child but also the mind of the child (give it some exercise)
Metaphysical Conceit
Associated with seduction in form and applied to religious teachings for children
A lot more complexity with Bunyan
Also capable of surprise, clics and reverse the meaning
Keeping up with him mentally is a great workout
Aspects of the self that are not acceptable and he puts it into an object telling you the bee
is full of sin NOT you
Leisure or moral lesson, great relief
Isaac Watson
Watsons verse were often used to train the mind to memorize
Central part of the Victorian childs era
Never too young to die sort of idea, very accessible
Also wrote hymns
The focus of the poem is always on the individuals religious progress
Lots of iambic pentameter
His idea is to distract the child in the pleasure of performance
Children get caught up in divine delight, his goal is not to terrify the children (pleasant
poem in addition to its theological message, and very visual)
Highly attuned to child psychology and pedagogical theory
Counting on the poets capacity to move his reader in form as much as content
Positive sense of the performer, anyone is capable of virtue or piety (sense of improvable
General message: keeps things on the sunny side, celebration, some criticism of vice,
greater concern with ordinary daily life against quarrelling and fighting, bigger picture of
the daily picture of the Puritan child through Watts, insight into child history, temptation
to be vain about your clothing)
Love between brothers and sisters and obedience is recommended
Sherwood Pg: 259-265
One of the most intense of child writers, convert people in the empire
Truly horrific book of moral instruction for children, often times very morbid
Very colorful write, details about daily life in addition to the didactic content
Children at their daily tasks, mundane details; historical significance, domestic details like
breakfast etc
Manages to take something thats completely ordinary and make it very dramatic
Great skill at vivid description, child characters are very believable. They do all sorts of
believable things but they also rebelbut they always receive their punishment so thats
their moral lesson
Mrs. Barter (gossiper): notice the name of the gossiper
If you even slightly err than thats itnotion of hell fire, disobedience etc
Lady (class status/aristocrat) Noble (can have moral connotations but not in this case)
Augusta, something to do with August, somebody who is quite dignified/superior
Fairchild, good and innocent child, hope to improve (maybe even referring to whiteness)
Servants are financially motivated to look after children but not genuinely motivated and so
will not get the same kind of vigilance
Class bias because since Augusta is dead theres no way she can influence the Fairchild
children and teach them disobedience. When a child dies, according to Christian belief,
white is worn and a white band is worn as opposed to black due to the childs innocence
Men are tough and dont cry and does not show emotions as opposed to women who are
crying and shedding tears
It wasnt just Augusta who was disobedient, it was Lady Noble too (so poetic justice)
Ad Hominem: widespread in the 19th century, but not so much in the 20th century, where the
reader interrupts and directly talks to the readers
Lots of doubt over Augustas salvation
Turner Pg: 306-311
You get more into the domestic context rather than the religious context; daily life, listening
to your parents rather than worrying about your soul
Giddiness: hyper, too lighthearted, carelessness, forgetful, fairly universal, mentally
intoxicated, carried away, but the advice given has no real application to what is going on in
Pg: 310-311
A child who gets lost from his parents becomes a chimney sweeper. Moral: Always stick to
your parents in a public place but doesnt mean that youre not going to heaven or that

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