Thursday, April 23, 2009

Metaphysical Poetry

Metaphysical poetry is a very short type of poem considering that it often deals with deep philosophical topics such as humans dealing with god and fearfulness of death.
Wit and irony are very common, used to compare to unsimilar objects. Metaphysical poetry is full of bold stylistic writing such as clever rhymes or poem structure that correlates with the meaning of the poem. Huge shifts in scale of ideas or mixing of them such as a rock to the sun.
Metaphysical poetry is written on large ideas that cant really be proven but are wondered about all the time such as the passing of time etc...

Authors: George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, John Donne

by: George Herbert

I STRUCK the board, and cry’d, No more ;
I will abroad.
What ? shall I ever sigh and pine ?
My lines and life are free ; free as the rode,
Loose as the winde, as large as store.
Shall I be still in suit ?
Have I no harvest but a thorn
To let me bloud, and not restore
What I have lost with cordiall fruit ?
Sure there was wine,
Before my sighs did drie it : there was corn
Before my tears did drown it.
Is the yeare onely lost to me ?
Have I no bayes to crown it ?
No flowers, no garlands gay ? all blasted ?
All wasted ?
Not so, my heart : but there is fruit,
And thou hast hands.
Recover all thy sigh-blown age
On double pleasures : leave thy cold dispute
Of what is fit, and not forsake thy cage,
Thy rope of sands,
Which pettie thoughts have made, and made to thee
Good cable, to enforce and draw,
And be thy law,
While thou didst wink and wouldst not see.
Away ; take heed :
I will abroad.
Call in thy deaths head there : tie up thy fears.
He that forbears
To suit and serve his need,
Deserves his load.
But as I rav’d and grew more fierce and wilde,
At every word,
Methought I heard one calling, Childe :
And I reply’d, My Lord.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Romantic: "literature depicting emotional matter in an imaginative form"

Romanticism came about around the 1750's as a revolt against the scientific rationalization of nature and is very emotional and embracing of nature to an extreme extent.

The themes: deepened appreciation of nature, extreme emotion over reason, folk culture that is exotic, mysterious, and even satanic.

Romantic poems often use extreme imagery to imagin they are away from society/the city. Authors commonly use sublime ideas or words to express the awwwww of nature. Most poems take something completly normal and turn it into the center of all things beautiful or something along the lines of that.

William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon Bryon.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dido: The Kingdom of The Dead

In book 6 i think that Dido is ment to show how the gods mess with peoples lives and make them unhappy and lost. When we first see Dido in the underworld she is explained as "wondering there among them,...drifted along the endless woods." This makes Dido appear to be lost as if not knowing what to do because her fate has been twisted by the gods. If it was not for the gods she would still be ruling a high power city and very happy. I think that she is being compared to what is happening to Aeneas. Aeneas's path is set by the gods, him having no say in what is going on. This causes him to be unhappy because he will never be able to sit down and have a family, the only reason he fell in love was because of a trick of the gods. Much like Dido, Aeneas is wondering around without a say in what he does pretty much floating around by the gods will just like Dido is stuck in the underworld. However Dido is now free from the power of the gods and is able to love her husband who is her true love. Aeneas, unlike Dido, is not free, he will roam on working hard his whole life only to die leaving his mission to be completed by someone else.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


When I took it, no matter what button I chose it said it was wrong, so i guess i got a 0%.......was it a trick test? I thought i knew some of the answers though =/

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Funeral Games for Anchises (book 5)

Finally we get a bit of comic relief from all the disaster that Aeneas hast to face. In book five Aeneas goes to the shore of a long lost friend Acestes rules. There they have a set of Olympic games to remember the anniversary of Aeneas's dad. I think that these games and meeting with Acestes in Eryx is a foreshadow to how rich and skilled the new empire will be when Aeneas founds it. Throughout the games great skilled is shown in boat racing, running, and archery all skills that help build a great empire. To top it off Aeneas gives wealthy prizes to all of the people competing even if they didn't win. All this skill, and wealth combined with a city of fellow trojans is a foreshadow of how great Italy will be for Aeneas, however once again he leaves a place that is very wealthy and powerful, to go off to something that will be even bigger and better.

The Tragic Queen Of Carthage (book 4)

The motif that Aeneas is truly destined to found Rome appears once again with Aeneas gives up both Dido, and Carthage to set off on his journey for Italy. This is a foreshadow for hows great Italy is going to be for him because if he is willing to give up Carthage, a city that was very wealthy, fine, and a major trading power of the Mediterranean sea. And Dido, who he has a relationship with which can be compared to as Romeo and Juliet as star-crossed lovers.  Aeneas could have stayed and married his love and ruled over one of the greatest cities of his time, but instead sets off to set up another city, the gods must have a very great future for him, considering the one he could of stayed and had.

Landfalls, Ports of Call (book 3)

  The third book really reinforces the idea that Aeneas is destined and has to make it to Italy and that his path is set by the gods. Each time he gets to a place that is suitable to build a city the gods cast down some type of destruction on him forcing them to move on. It doesn't seem like it but many years go by in the third book which also tells that they are suffering more than Aeneas is letting on. This makes the epic journey of making a new empire even more impressive considering the plague, harpies, and cyclops they must face. Nothing is impressive, if it was easy to do. Another reason that even though the places Aeneas try's to set down in are nice, there is something wrong with them because that place is not Italy. Another thing to note is that just like Odysseus, Aeneas goes to the island of the cyclops, this is to reinforce the "rebirthing" of the trojans after being struck down by the greeks. Aeneas is going the same path as Odysseus but is making a stronger empire off the same journey.