Introduction to the Romantic Period (1785-1830) Revolution and Reaction / ‘The Spirit of the Age’ / Poetic Theory and Poetic Practice / Writing in the Marketplace and the Courts / Prose, Drama, and the Novel Information will be found in………….. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol.2 – Introduction to the Romantic Period (pages 1-25) William Blake: From Songs of Innocence Songs of Innocence (pages 81-87) Song of experience – (pages 87-97) Roberts Burns: ‘Green grow the rashes’ (pages 131-132) ‘To a Mouse’ (pages 135-136)’Afton Water’ (pages 138-139)’A Red, Red Rose’ (pages 145-146) _____________________________________________________________________________ In the ‘Introduction’ to Songs of Innocence (pages 81-82), consider the line ‘I stain’d the water clear’ (line 18). What do you think it means? Might this be read in two different ways?In the poem ‘The Echoing Green’ (pages 82-83), how does the child-speaker view the end of play time and the coming on of night? Does the child welcome nightfall? If so, why?Compare and contrast the two ‘Chimney Sweeper’ poems (pages 85 and 90). Both poems discuss a typical childhood occupation for orphans. What differences are there in the perspective of the speakers?What is the difference between the ‘piper’ of the ‘Introduction’ to Songs of Innocence and the ‘bard’ in the ‘Introduction’ to Songs of Experience?What does the worm (or caterpillar) symbolize in the poem ‘The Sick Rose’ (page 91)?’The Tyger’ (pages 92-93) is one of Blake’s most famous poems. What is the answer to the question in line 20, ‘Did he who made the Lamb make thee?’ Who or what might the ‘tyger’ and the ‘lamb’ symbolize?Find two Biblical allusions in Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience and explain their uses.What kind of relationship is there between the speaker and the mouse in Burns’ poem ‘To a Mouse’? That is, under what circumstances do they encounter each other?In ‘To a Mouse,’ why does the speaker state that the mouse is ‘blest, compar’d wi’ me’ (line 43)?’A Red, Red Rose’ is one of Burn’s more famous poems. To what things does the speaker compare his love? The Romantics were the first to really explore the idea and importance of childhood. They saw childhood as a special and blessed state. How is this evident in the poems of Blake? Be sure to make specific references to the poems. Compare ‘Afton Water’ to ‘Green grow the rashes’ and ‘To a Mouse’ by Burns. What differences are there in language among the poems? To what might these differences be attributed? Read Anna Letitia Barbauld’s poem ‘The Mouse’s Petition’ (pages 27-28). Considering this poem and Burns’ poem ‘To a Mouse,’ in your opinion, why might these writers want to write about such a creature? How would these ideas connect to the general concepts of Romanticism? (5 points) (DETAILS)
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