Discussion of literary texts published in Britain between 1780 and 1815.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Charlotte Smith is always writing about how bad things are in her life. I her Elegaic Sonnets it is more of the same. In her sonnets there is a recurring trend to present a problem and then relate in to her life. Many believe that her poems contain tremendous egotism and I do agree, however I also feel that much of her work was a cry for help. I think that she wanted someone to think, "Hey her life must be bad what could I do"
I think that the sonnet in a good form to write an idea. One has a problem followed by a solution and then a moral. However, it does seem that trying to put an idea into this form would cause a loss in the meaning. During a class discussion the idea that the sonnet itself may be a form of inspiration even generating ideas was presented. I had never though of that possibility, but I do think that it is possible. I am just not use to that type of reasoning.
When studying the preface to Lyrical Ballads I was in intrigued by one passage in particular, "For the human mind is capable of being excited without the application of gross and violent stimulants...and who does not further know that one being is elevated above another, in proportion as he possesses this capability" (Wordswoth 395). After writing a paper and much class discussion I think I understand this passage much better. Wordsworth is conveying his belief that human elevation does not come from birth, but rather from being able to see the importance in something simple. As touched upon in class , How sensitive can a person be determines a beings elevation over another, according to Wordsworth.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Our discussion about allegory and symbolism was challenging to me. I was disappointed that Wordsworth used allegory to disclaim his political views later in life. I can see how allegory and symbolism would really further the enlightenment creedo of thinking for yourself. I enjoy looking at symbols and trying to decode them because of that energy I get when I finally figure something out. Does anyone else feel this same excitement, or am I just strange??

Sunday, November 09, 2003

This is in response to the sonnet assignment we just finished. I found it to be extremely interesting and also fun to do. I have never studied sonnets in any of my prior classes and therefore never realized how the different stresses effect the way one reads the sonnet. It definitely gave me a greater appreciation of this particular type of writing.

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