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Sir Patrick Spens

Brit Lit-Knoblauch
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Sarah Schwartz

on 16 February 2013

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Transcript of Sir Patrick Spens

Sarah S., Sumer M., Gabriella T.,
Alicia G., Breanna M., Zoe F. Sir Patrick Spens History of the Ballad WORKS CITED First printed in 1765 Halfway there Sir Patrick and his men drown. Half o'er, half o'er to Aberdour
It's fifty fathoms deep,
And there lies guid Sir Patrick Spens
Wi' the Scots lords at his feet. Another theme is to show loyalty even in the face of death. THEME MODERN TIES http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nap/sir_patrick_spens.htm The king sits in Dumferling town
Drinking the bluid-red wine:
'O whar will I get a guid sailor
To sail this ship of mine?' The king is drinking red wine.
"When will I get a good sailor to sail my ship?" Up and spak an eldern knicht,
Sat at the king's richt knee:
'Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor
That sails upon the sea.' An elder knight stands at the king's right knee and says "Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor." The king has written a braid letter
And signed it wi' his hand,
And sent it to Sir Patrick Spens,
Was walking on the sand. The king wrote a letter and signed it. He then sent it to Sir Patrick Spens as he walked on the beach. The first line that Sir Patrick read
A loud lauch lauched he;
The next line that Sir Patrick read,
The tear blinded his ee. After reading the first line of the letter, Sir Patrick let out a loud laugh.
After reading the second line of the letter, Sir Patrick shed a tear. 'O wha is this has done this deed,
This ill deed done to me,
To send me out this time o' the year,
To sail upon the sea?' "Why have I been called upon to sail when it is not the right time of year?" (Sir Patrick speaking) 'Mak haste, mak haste, my mirry men all,
Our guid ship sails the morn.'
'O say na sae, my master dear,
For I fear a deadly storm." "Be quick men for our ship leaves in the morning." (Sir Patrick speaking)
"Oh no. I think there's a storm brewing." (One of his men speaking) 'Late, late yestre'en I saw the new moon
Wi' the old moon in his arm,
And I fear, I fear, my dear master,
That we will come to harm.' "Yesterday I saw storm clouds over the new moon. I fear the storm will cause us harm." (Same man talking predicting the future) O our Scots nobles were richt laith
To weet their cork-heeled shoon,
But lang or a' the play were played
Their hats they swam aboon. The nobles were unwilling to sail because they feared they would drown. O lang, lang may the ladies sit,
Wi' their fans into their hand,
Or ere they see Sir Patrick Spens
Come sailing to the land. The ladies are sitting and waiting with their fans on the land for Sir Patrick Spens and his men to return. O lang, land may the ladies stand
Wi' their gold kems in their hair,
Waiting for their ain dear lords,
For they'll never see them mair. The ladies stand their waiting with golden combs for the sailors that won't return home. QUESTION QUESTION QUESTION QUESTION How To Read Literature Like a Professor BALLAD CHARACTERISTICS FOUND IN "Sir Patrick Spens" May tell many stories: Margaret (daughter of Alexander III) married Eric of Norway in 1281. Many members of their escort were drowned on the way home. Margaret's daughter (also named Margaret) was drowned with her escort on the way to her marriage in 1290. Passed down by word of mouth for hundreds of years. http://www.skoool.ie/skoool/examcentre_sc.asp?id=2561 Story of Norwegian princess as she sailed across North Sea to marry British prince. "since we crawled up on the land, the water, has been trying to reclaim us" (74). "Drowning is one of our deepest fears (being land creatures, after all), and the drowning of everything and everybody just magnifies that fear" (75). "Rain falls on the just and unjust alike" (76). QUEST:
Quester: Sir Patrick
Place to go: Aberdour
Reason to go: Pick up the king's daughter
Challenges: Death
Real Reason: Face death head on and accept it (or
is it self-knowledge?) deals with tragedy dialogue rhyme scheme: abcb simple language story stanzas (11) 3rd person narration action is directed
toward catastrophe deduce who speaks by what
is being said The theme of this ballad is don't ask someone to do something you wouldn't want to do. What is the tone of the poem? What are the tone shifts in the poem? How is the tone achieved? The tone is serious, and is achieved through characterization. The tone shifts happen between the third and fourth stanza, between the fifth and ninth stanza, and the tenth and eleventh stanza. Discuss the diction of the poem. A word that is used often in the poem is fear. This word is important because it ties negativity in with sailing. Fear also shows the storm being dangerous. Fear is found in stanzas six and seven. The diction chosen gives the poem an unsatisfied mood. Storm is an important word because it shows the danger is sailing. Discuss the imagery of the poem. What kinds of imagery are used? What is the structure or pattern to the imagery? One example of imagery is the blood red wine which foreshadows the death of the sailors. Also the storm shows the danger in sailing for Sir Patrick Spens. Then there is the stanza describing his men at his feet shows how the storm caused their deaths. The pattern is dialogue in an ABCB form. This can be seen in all the stanzas. For example the first stanza lines end with “town/wine/sailor/mine” in which the second and fourth lines rhyme but not the first and third. What does the poem do? Explain. This poem would definitely evoke a mood. If the reader was in a happy mood before reading the ballad, they would not be so happy afterward. The poem could possible convert readers. Those readers who believe in making people do the dirty work for them could be converted into being a bit more nice to people. Should a person meet their death during a task for them, the dictator should probably feel guilty. Therefore this poem will show that if you want something done, do it yourself.
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