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Lord Randal

Poetry Analysis

Erika Johnson

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Lord Randal

Lord Randal Sir Walter Scott Figures of Speech Romantic Characteristics Nature Emotions: Simple Language Personification: Conventional phrases Foreshadowing: Refrain Sir Walter Scott Ballad : Summary Background Info Yo . The poem tells the story of a young man who has been poisoned by his love. When he comes home one night, his mother asks him where he has been. He tells her he has been hunting in the woods and he wants to lay down. His mother continues to question him. He then states that he ate boiled eels with his love for dinner. He said his dogs probably ate the scraps and then they swelled up and died, prompting his mother to assume he has been poisoned. The poem ends with Lord Randal sick at heart and in body. Ballads are songs or song like poems that tell stories in simple, rhythmic language.
They include supernatural events, sensational or tragic subject matter, omission of details, and a refrain. A repeated word, line, or group of lines. An example in the poem, Lord Randal, would include the repeated phrases, "Lord Randal, my son", " my handsome young man", "mother, make my bed soon", and "and fain wald lie down". Refrain is used to create suspense. When the author states, a "wild wood" he is using personification to describe the woods. Woods can not take on human characteristics such as acting wild. Forest The poem is very suspenseful until the fifth stanza when we realize that he has been poisoned. The twist is more shocking because of the suspense the refrains produce. The poem is written in question-and-answer format. The facts are collected little by little from the answers. This build suspense and grabs the readers attention. The diction used in Lord Randal is simple language and uses easy words to appeal to a general audience. Scott was born in Edinburgh on August 15th, 1771. He studied arts and law at Edinburgh University. As a poet, he became famous with his work of "The Lay of The Last Minstrel". It made him the most popular author of the time. He wrote many novels in his lifetime. He had a stroke in 1830 and died on September 21st, 1832. They have meanings beyond their literal ones. For example, when Lord Randal states "Make my bed soon" this can also refer to his preparation for death. The bloodhounds dying foreshadows his own death. Mood: Tone: The mood of the poem is compassionate, depressing, and suspenseful. The tone of the author is sad and Lord Randal seems to be content with his own death. The author is pitiful towards the mother and Lord Randal. The Supernatural: The "wild wood" was known as a sacred place inhabited by mysterious creatures such as fairies and elves, which meant people were forbidden to enter it. Some were convinced there was a hidden entrance to the hidden world here. The poem, Lord Randal, gives off a foreboding tone because of his sinister behavior of entering the woods. Ordinary becomes extraordinary An ordinary event would be Lord Randal having dinner with his loved one. It becomes extraordinary when she poisons him. Rebellion: Traditional thought would be that true love exists and that your love would not do any harm to you. On the contrary, Sir Walter Scott rebels against the idea of love and insists that there is always betrayal. The ballad follows a meter of iambic pentameter and there is a abcd rhyme scheme. The universal theme of Lord Randal is betrayal and that love can blind people.
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