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EN107 Study Guide - Final Guide: John Hersey, Deixis, Iceberg


Department
English
Course Code
EN107
Professor
Jenny Kerber
Study Guide
Final

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Author Work Date/Era Themes/Issues Special Features
Sophocles Oedipus Rex 429 B.C. Free will, Fate, Tragic
flaw: anger,
Latin title, Second of the
three Theban plays,
Greek/Athenian tragedy,
Myth of Oedipus,
Thomas
Hardy
(Victorian
Realist)
Convergence of
the Twain
(1915)
1915 Titanic, Terse, sardonic
tone: vanity and human
hubris vs nature, no
mention of grief and lives
lost. Immanent Will. Title
significance.
11 stanzas, Tercet: AAA
rhyme scheme, no meter.
Focus on the ice berg rather
than lives lost. Social
criticism.
Charles D.
G. Roberts
(Father of
Canadian
poetry)
The Iceberg
(1931)
1934 Titanic, cold, emotional
images, growth-
maturation-death,
animating the inanimate,
foreshadowing
destruction,
Free verse, no rhyme, loose
structure, first person
narrative, animated the ice-
berg similar to Roberts’
animal stories,
Billeh
Nickerson
(Canadian)
The Lost Worker 2009 Titanic, attention to small,
significant moments in the
lives of those who
encountered Titanic,
focuses on the sense of
loss and doom that built
even as the ship was
being constructed,
Couplet, Sonnet,
E. J. Pratt
(Canadian)
Erosion 1931 Power of the sea,
stresses passage of time,
men who go off to the sea
and their women worry
and mourn over their
deaths
Canadian
Kevin Kerr Unity (1918) Canadian playwright,
Thomas
Hardy
(Victorian
Realist)
In Time of The
Breaking of
Nations
1916 War is temporary:
hopeful?, farming
traditions/love always vs
temporary war/politicians,
governments,
Folk Ballad, 3 stanzas:
ABAB rhyme scheme,
sibilance: hissing sounds,
rural scenery, antiquated
language: Wight, annals,
Assonance: vowel sounds,
Jeremiad, Euphonious,
criticism of war and class,
Wilfrid Owen
(Poet of the
First World
War)
Dulce et
Decorum Est
1921 Shocking, realistic war
poetry, Condemnation of
war, a letter to Jessie
Pope, a civilian
propagandist of World War
I, who encouraged—"with
such high zest"—young
men to join the battle,
through her poetry, e.g.
"Who's for the game?",
Combines two sonnets,
Latin title: it is sweet and
honorable, WW1, published
posthumously, vignette from
the first lines of the WW1:
soldiers attacked with
chlorine gas, horrific
imagery,
Madeline Ida
Bedford
Munitions Wages 1917
Carefree tone, Satirizing
the attitudes and accents
of munitions workers,
munitions worker has no
pretensions that her work’s
importance is noble and
patriotic service to her
country, her King, or, indeed,
her God,
Satirical poem, Scornful
rebuke to worries about
mortality: the prime motivator
is purchasing power and the
chance to taste, even in a
trade fraught with danger, the
‘good life’, for a time at least.
William The Second 1919 Atmosphere of post-war Modernist poetry (imagism),
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