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Transcript of Wider Reading
The Ages Edmund Spencer
D.O.P: 1570's "My Love is like to ice, and I to fire;" Character:
Voice of the poem is
Edward however speaks
for anyone who has
a strong love for
another which defies
Two elements, ice and fire. Elements represent the people, they are contrasting. Love can alter the most opposite of things. Language:
Rhyme and metaphors:
"Is not dissolved through my so hot desire." Form: Traditional Edwardian Sonnet Structure:
3 quatrains followed by a rhyming couplet Theme:
The power of love Links/Quotes/SHC:
“Such is the power of love in gentle mind
That is can alter all the course of kind” rhyming couplet.
This is the last sentence which says a lot about the poem
as a whole. It suggests that love can be so powerful that
it can change everything.
Edmund Spenser is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen
of Modern English verse in its infancy, and one of the greatest
poets in the English language.
The Millers Tale Geoffrey Chaucer
D.O.P Around 1395, England Theme: Infidelity Characters:
The Miller tells the tale
The carpenter is the husband
Alison is the wife, young
18 year old.
Nicholas- the scholar is an
intelligantman, he has been sleeping
with Alison. Plot/Setting:
Young student Nicholas persuedes his landlords much younger wife to sleep with him. Nick convinces landlord that a massive flood is iminent. They lay in tubs (only the carpenter John) and tell them to cut it when waters risen. This allows Alison and Nick to sneak off and have sex. Absalon comes to the window and wants asks for a kiss offAlison and she presses her bottom against the window and he kisses it. He realises the prank and borrows a poker from the blacksmith and when Nicholas puts his bum out of the window to break wind he gets a red hot poker up the arse. Nick cries for water which awakes John and he cuts tub, falls and breaks his arm. The whole town awakens to the tub on the floor and John is considered a cuckold as well as a madman. Language: Middle English (specifically associated with London and spellings associated with the chancery standard, English rather than latin) stereotypical language, tabboo and corse language, satirical, irony, colloquial Form: Written in verse, AABB simple rhyming pattern, rhyming couplets, narrative poetry Structure: Continous verse Links/Quotes/SHC
Explores social conventions, the host warns that the Millers tale will be a Bawdy one.
"O speak, sweet bird, I know not where thou art."
This Nicholas just then let fly a fart
As loud as it had been a thunder-clap,
And well-nigh blinded Absalom, poor chap;
But he was ready with his iron hot
And Nicholas right in the arse he got."
The Canterbury Tales incorporates an impressive range of attitudes toward life and literature. The tales are by turns satirical, elevated, pious, earthy, bawdy, and comical. The reader should not accept the naïve narrator’s point of view as Chaucer’s.
Struggles between characters, manifested in the links between tales, mostly involve clashes between social classes, differing tastes, and competing professions. There are also clashes between the sexes, and there is resistance to the Host’s somewhat tyrannical leadership.
The pervasiveness of courtly love, the importance of company, the corruption of the church.
Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Theme:
Courtly romance Character:
Sir Gawain-Protagonist,great knight and courtly lover.
Green Knight: Mysterous visitor, turns out to be Bertilak Gawain's host.
Bertilak's wife- she seduces Gawain (it's a test)
Morgan le Faye- Sorceress trained by Merlin, she controls the outcomes of the plot. Plot/Setting:
The green knight says he will allow whomever accepts the challenge to strike him with his own axe if the challenger finds him in exactly one year to receive a blow in return. King Arthur accepts yet Sir Gawain steps in and takes challenge.
Gawain cuts of knights head, knight picks it up and rides off with it in his hand.
Gawain journeys to camelot, and stays at a castle where the host goes hunting and says he will exchange what he found for whatever Gawain gets at castle.
Day one Gawain gets kiss from lords wife, so G kisses him. Day two two kisses. Day three, tree kisses and the ladies girlde which she claims posessses magic ability to protect from death. G keeps girdle.
G finds green knight who really is the lord Bertilak where G stayed. Because G didnt honestly exchange all winnings on third day B drew blood on third blow. G proved himself a worthy knight but guilty he didnt tell whole truth so wears girdle on arm to remind himself of failiure.
Alliteration, rhyme. Late fourteenth century Form:
Told in four fitts (parts). Links/Quotes/SHC
The first plot, the beheading game, appears in ancient folklore and may derive from pagan myths related to agricultural cycles.
The second and third plots concern the exchange of winnings and the heros temptation; both of these plots derive from medieval romances and dramatize tests of the hero's honesty, loyalty and chastity.
The Gawain poet adopts an ironic tone at times, but he also displays a deep investment in elevating his country's legends, history and literary forms- especially Athurian romance- by relating them directly to older times. U.A.Fanthorpe
D.O.P 1978 Not My Best Side My Father Thought it Simon Armitage
D.O.P 2001 Theme: Father/Son relationship Character:
The voice of son who is going through a phase of rebellion in order to gain independence from his father. Plot/Setting:
Son gets his ear pieces, he does it out of rebellion but
doesnt dare pierce it himself so uses a jewellers gun,
A few years later he looks back at his life and realises
he needn't rebel anymore and final accepts his fathers
advice and takes the earing out. Language:
Crying motif: "Became and wound and wept" could represent nostalgic memories.
Unstructured rhyme scheme represents
the up's and down's of being a teenager.
15 line sonnet/poem Structure:
15 lines, 3 stanzas,
s1- 5 lines
s2- 6 lines
s3- 4 lines
Longer stanza suggests all
the earing really did was cause
him nuisance Links/Quotes/SHC:
Part of Simon Armitage collection: Book of matches, the idea is that each can be told in the time it takes for a match to burn out.
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