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Prometheus

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Transcript of Prometheus

Romantic Poetry Group Project
Minerva, Alyssa, Allie, Matt P.
Prometheus (1816)
Lord Byron
Bibliography
Schwartz, Debora B., Dr. "Figurative Language." Figurative Language. California Polytechnic State University, n.d. Web.
"Lord Byron." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 13 Feb. 2015.
Background Information
Lord Byron, George Gordon, was the leading figure of the romantic movement in 19th century England. His father abandoned him, he had a schizophrenic mother, and a nurse that abused him. At age ten he inherited his uncle's title, and later in life fell in love with his cousin Mary Chaworth. June 1807 he met John Hobbouse and was introduced into the Cambridge Whig Party. 1813 he married his half sister, married Anne Isabelle in 1814, bore a child, then two years later he left England never to return. Byren got into a relationship with a married 19 year old countess named Teresa Guiccioli. He died April 19th, 1824 at the age of 36. 1969 a memorial to Byren as placed on the floor of Westminster Abbey.
Alyssa's Journal
The chain in the poem "Prometheus" is important because despite Prometheus being chained by Zeus, he chained himself. Not only was his body chained but his mind was, Prometheus was blinded by his desire for human abilities. If Prometheus was chained by something like a rope it wouldn't have the same impact because the chain creates a sense of agony. I feel that the chain is choking out his thoughts and desires making him wish for death.
Minerva's Journal
In the poem "Prometheus" by Lord Byron, daring to go against the rules is worth the consequence of death. Prometheus defied the Thunderer - Zeus - by giving fire to mankind leading to the human race's advancements. The very last two lines "Triumphant where it dares defy, And making Death a Victory," reflects Prometheus' accomplishment. He was successful with his disobedience and although he must endure eternal suffrage, he is still considered victorious for his deed. This poem expresses the idea that sometimes the concept of tyranny is not always valid and it is indeed just to challenge law.
Allie's Journal
How are the stories of Prometheus and Frankenstein similar?
Prometheus is like Frankenstein who out of (somewhat) good intentions brought forth a new concept to humankind. The Creature is the fire that Prometheus gave to humans, a source of immortality. In the end Prometheus and Frankenstein are punished for their "gift" to humanity except Frankenstein is tortured by losing all that he loves and Prometheus suffers from eternal physical torture.
Matt's Journal
In Lord Byron's "Prometheus", Prometheus, a titan, gives man fire against Zeus' wishes. Zeus, a tyrannical portrayal in this poem, doesn't believe that man can distinguish the difference between tool and weapon with the fire. Prometheus however considers man capable, and gives man fire. While he has to pay with eternal suffering, he's viewed as a victorious being who committed just disobedience. This proves that though rules are usually set to protect, civil disobedience for the better of the whole people may be justified.
Poem Background
Poem Summary
The titan Prometheus went against Zeus and gave human kind fire. Zeus did not want humans to have fire because he thought they weren't ready for it. So Zeus punished Prometheus by having him chained to a boulder and have had his innards pecked out by an eagle for all eternity. His organs would regenerate every day, so that they may be picked out again.
The Poem's Theme
What you give you may not recieve back.
"What was thy pity's recompense?"
He gave the gift of fire to humanity out of pity, but what he got back was torture. He sacrificed to give so much, but recieved nothing in return.
"Thy godlike crime to be kind".
He expressed kindness to humanity, but recieved none in return.
Various Elements of Poetry
It is lyrical
There is personification
Uses capital letters to symbolize important aspects
Various use of symbols such as the rock, vulture and chain
Why is This a Romantic Poem?
It is emotion driven
Includes rebellion
Freedom through nature
Humanity is a lesser being
Byron and Shelley met in 1816 which is the year Prometheus was written and was the time period that Shelley was challenged to write a horror story, which interestingly was nicknamed "the modern prometheus".
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