Review of Main Points from Romantic Intro:
- Romantic poetry is a poetry of
- Nature is in a _________________________________ with
- The mind has the power to ___________ the universe and
to create ___________.
How the Three Quotations Illustrate the Difference
Between 18th and 19th Century Poetics:
- "Cooper's Hill":
- "Tintern Abbey”:
2. Blake's Main Assumptions:
- Reality is
- All existence derives from
- The divine spark in each of us is the
- Christ = _________________________________.
- What are expressions of the divine in us?
- Bad things happen when human virtues are
- Blake goes further: The soul
- See example: "Little Black Boy":
3. The Garden of Eden: The "grove" is the Garden
of Eden. For Blake the following events are parallel: Creation, the fall of
Adam and Eve, the descent of the soul. Sacred history parallels an individual
person's experience; all involve spiritual diminution.
- Paradise Regained:organized innocence—
- POINT: Innocence and experience are not
_______________. Term: felix culpa.
- POINT: As in scared history, so in individual
experience. Secularizing sacred experience.
- Luke 17:20:
- Blake on page 39, plate 11:
A Look at Some of the Poems:
- "Introduction" to Songs of Innocence:
- Piper vs. bard
- Shape of a poet's career
- Movement out of innocence
- How does the "Introduction" to the Songs of
- "Earth's Answer":
- "The Sick Rose":
- "To Tirzah":
- "London": Another poem suggesting that sexuality is the
root of society's ills.
- What things in the first two stanzas suggest
restrictions or control?
- What things relate to blackness?
- What do "blast" and "blight" mean? What parallels are
there? Why "hearse"?
- How are contraries at work here?
- What is the moral of the poem?
- Discuss connections between WW's "Preface to Lyrical
Ballads" and "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey." In other
words, how does the latter illustrate the main points in the former?
- What does "Tintern Abbey" say about nature?
- Identify and comment on the stages of development that
WW identifies in lines 58-111.
- Why is Dorothy, the poet's sister, addressed in the
poem? In other words, what does WW want her to do for herself and for him?