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Honors English 2120Love in British Literature08/23/2010ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA-far more complicated than Romeo and Juliet-age-obligations-Antony is married-political lives-General and Queen, respectively-emphasis on comparisons between Egypt and Rome-duty vs. desire-room for the heart in Egypt as opposed to Rome-masculine in Rome vs. feminine in Egypt-Antony-caught in between both worlds-Roman ideals and values-appreciates and understands Egypt, its culture and values08/25/2010-Cleopatra-uses men to gain power-somewhat obsessive about keeping Antony-very insecure-uses sexual diplomacy-doesn’t fit the mold of what women were supposed to be -not submissive-a female in a previously all male profession-is she bold and gutsy? or a typical spoiled ruler?-very unrestrained, emotional, and passionate-somewhat an equality of power between Antony and Cleopatra-superiority goes back and forth-Anthony is not only in love with Cleopatra, but also the way of life that she embodies-somewhat of a split personality between his actions/personality in Egypt and his actions/personality in Rome-questioned who he was when he met Cleopatra08/30/2010-Antony as a tragic hero?-characteristics-tragic flaw or mistake-noble birth-must have a long way to fall-reversal of fortune-anagnorises-an acknowledgement of flaw/mistake-moment of realization or recognition-upholds the Roman ideal of honorable death-commits suicide-Cleopatra’s death-why, after shunning Roman ideals and ways of life, did she “die in the Roman way” by committing suicide?-perhaps wanted to emulate Antony’s death-both commit suicide in traditional masculine and feminine ways-both insist on the transcendence of death-references to their being married in the afterlife-proof of their love in their mutual suicide09/01/2010-differences in poetry vs. prose-length-poetry may not follow grammatical rules-meter vs. syntax-differences in language use -meaning -sound-poetry has a specific structure-lines -compression/concentration-scansion: how we determine a poems meter and rhythm-syllabus-stresses-English poetry is a mix of stresses and syllables counting -in order to determine a poem’s scansion, one must…-determine the kind of “foot”-iamb(ic)-unstressed, stressed-trochee(aic)-stressed, unstressed-spondee-stressed, stressed-anapest(ic)-unstressed, unstressed, stressed-dominant in limericks-dactyl(ic)-stressed, unstressed, unstressed-number of “feet” per line-one-monometer-two-dimeter-three-trimeter-four-tetrameter-five-pentameter-six-hectameter-eight-octameterONE DAY I WROTE HER NAME UPON THE STRAND-written by Edmund Spenser-iambic pentameter-sonnet-14 lines of iambic pentameter-two types-Italian-abba abba cde cde (cd cd cd)-English-abab cdcd efef gg-a “turn” or shift in the meaning-in English sonnets, the turn comes before the couplet-in Italian sonnets, the turn comes before the sestet09/03/2010THE PASSIONATE SHEPARD TO HIS LOVE-a seduction poem -offers his love a life filled with romance and no worries-never says “I just love you”-offers material gifts-however, gifts are made from things found in nature-beautiful and sensual-iambic tetrameter-consonance and alliterationHER REPLY-reference to Philomel creates a darker mood-potentially dark and bad consequences for females?-are all these gifts substantial enough to have an actual life?-there’s a part of her that wants to say yesSHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER”S DAY?-it is this poem that preserves her beauty throughout the yearsELEGY: ON HIS MISTRESS GOING TO BED-can be a poem of mourning or love-poem begins with his mistress undressing piece by piece09/13/2010THE WAY OF THE WORLD-contemporary play-satirical-exchanges between characters are quick and witty-satirizations-marriage-gossip-relationships-character names-reflective of the characters personality or position-Petulant-Lady Wishfort > Wish-For-It-Fainall > fake-Mirabell > feminine-Millamant > masculine-easily switched with Mirabell, and “m” names show that they belong together-Fainall and Ms. Fainall-arranged marriage by Mirabell-Mirabell and Fainall had an affair-she thought she was pregnant, and therefore needed a husband-don’t like each other-Fainall is having an affair with Ms. Marwood-Ms. Marwood loves Mirabell, but he won’t give her the time of day-Lady Wishfort -aunt of Millamant and mother of Ms. Fainall-Mirabell pretended to be in love with her to get closer to Millamant-plots-Mirabell’s servant Waitwell is pretending to be his uncle, Roland.-they will get Lady Wishfort to sign a marriage contract, thus shaming her for being married to a servant/already married man-Mirabell will step in and say “I can help you, if you let me marry Millamant”-Ms. Fainall knows-Ms. Marwood overhears the plan-Millamant knows-Foible knows-love-full of deception-the relationship between Millamant and Mirabell stands out-they love each other despite their faults and differences-want to marry, but in a way that preserves her inheritance-Mirabell has tried to stop loving her, but that only makes him love her more-loves her for her faults, almost to the point where he loves her faults09/15/2010-who is the hero in this play?-admirable qualities in Restoration comedy-wit-intelligence-culture-inconsistent with what we would consider good, heroic qualities-sources of amusement-old people-country people-a kind of cruelty in Restoration comedy-Congreve is much kinder in his play, especially concerning Mirabell and Millamant-Mirabell is the hero because he has outwitted everybody-Sir Willful is a bumbling idiot, and would not be a good match for Millamant, as Mirabell is-Mirabell and Millamant fit well together-good matches-play off of each other-can keep up with each other-Millamant’s demands/Mirabell’s demands-Millamant is serious in her demands-wants her own space-wants to preserve her individual identity-not having him call her nicknames-Mirabell asks her to remain herself, and remain authentic-no masks, literal or metaphorical-cosmetics, etc.-no restraints, literal or metaphorical-corsets, etc.09/17/2010PRIDE AND PREJUDICE-opening line-so famous, why?-summarizes the entire book, basically-from Mrs. Bennet’s view-ironic-exaggeration-sets the tone -introduces the society in which the novel is set-early chapters > exposition-oriented around marriage -class oriented-ladder climbing-the Bennet family-family dynamic-Mr. and Mrs. Bennet seem to get along-Mr. Bennet has found ways of dealing with the women in his


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