Anne Lock Handout
A recap of the assignment: The Collected Works of Anne
Vaughan Lock, pages 4-8, 62-71, 76-78, and 187-89; Isaiah 38 (Hezekiah) and
Psalm 51 (basis for the sonnets).
Groups: Everyone should do 4. I will assign
1-3 and 5 to small groups. As you work outside of class with your partner(s), Felch's
introduction may be quite helpful to you.
- Theme and organization:
- What are the main themes of the dedication to Suffolke?
- How is it organized?
2. Imagery: Figure out the imagery in the
dedication to Suffolke, especially medical imagery and various types of oil.
Track down the images and explain their significance.
3. Biblical allusion: How do the
following passages relate to the dedication to the Duchesse of Suffolke?
Isaiah 38 (Hezekiah, p. 8); note that the sermon that begins on page 9 is
Matthew 15:21-28 (“crumbs”; cf. “diet,” p. 8; and sonnet 5) & Mark 7:24-30
(see #5 on page 63): healing
Romans 8:26: HS takes over and pleas for the soul.
Luke 16:19-31: Rich man &
Matthew 25:1-3: parable of
Scorpion’s oil: “heals its own
sting”; cf. Deut. 8:15 and Luke 10:19.
Also Numbers 21:4-9.
John 3:14-15: Christ as the
Good Samaritan’s oil (lines 178-84); cf. Luke 10:25-37.
I Cor. 15:55-57: death’s sting
James 5:14: Oil
4. These are the questions that we will deal with in our
large group discussion. Everyone should prepare them. See Lock's sonnet
sequence, "A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner," pages
What is the relationship between the first 5 sonnets
and the other 21?
How are the two groups similar and/or different? How
do these segments relate to the dedication to Suffolke?
What metaphors are developed here? See especially
sonnets 1-4 on pages 62-63 and sonnet 10 on page 67.
How do we know that Lock is a Protestant? See
especially sonnet 3 on page 63 and sonnet 8 on pages 66-67. Do you see a
connection to the dedication here? To The Faerie Queene?
What solution to despair does Lock suggest, especially
in sonnet 10?
What is she saying in Sonnets 20-21?
- Other segments: What does Lock say about "the
afflictions of this world" in the dedication to the Countess of Warwick, the
introduction to the book, and her poem "The necessitie and benefit of
affliction"? How are the two dedications similar or different? If you really
want to be high tech, check out the first sermon for further connections. By
the way, how does the dedication reflect the situation of women in Locke's