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

, Winter 2011
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Department
English
Course Code
ENG234H5
Professor
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
Christian
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
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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
person)
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
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