These areas are emphasized:
Poems by Samuel Coleridge - "Frost at Midnight", "Kubla Khan", "Rime of the Ancient Mariner", and "This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison" and Poems by John Keats "Ode to a Nightingale", "Ode on a Grecian Urn", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", and "The Terror of Death"
Respond to discussion questions: short answer is needed only
1. In "Kubla Khan", the poet speaks of "Ancestral voices prophesying war". Who are these ancestors? Why do they forecast war?
2. The last two lines of "Ode on a Grecian Urn" may be the most famous in English poetry. Is there any validity to this statement?
Poems by Heinrich Heine - "The Asra", and "The Slave Ship" and From "The Origin of the Species" by Charles Darwin - The Introduction and Chapter 14
It's necessary to understand that Heine believes what humans long for is some relation to other longing humans. What makes us human is our sense of what makes others human.
1. In "The Asra" and "The Slave Ship", what kinds of pleasure are available to the slaves or bondsmen? Does the pleasure make it possible for them to transcend the social or political superiority of their masters?
2. Are you surprised at the end of "The Slave Ship"? What do you think of the Captain's prayer?
Read: Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson - "The Lady of Shallot", "Blow Bugle Blow", "Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead", "Ulysses", and "Crossing the Bar" and Poems by Robert Browning - "Home Thoughts from Abroad", "Parting at Morning", " "The Lost Leader", and "The Patriot: An Old Story"
1. Why did the Lady of Shallot die? Think about the knight in Keats "La Belle Dame Sans Merci".
2. Is "Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead" an anti-war poem? Why or why not?
As you react to these pieces, please allow my ideas to help:
First, you might say that "the ancestors" in "Kubla Khan" hold various meanings. You might argue that they indicate the Chinese people from the Mongol Empire during the 13th century A.D. If you want a historical view, you can see the imminent war as Western explorers invaded. Since the wall had towers to protect it, you might see it as a reference to the Great Wall of China.
Based also on the "Alph" references, you might cite that "ancestors" mean the Greeks or even Adam and Eve if you want a more religious interpretation.
Next, as you examine the last two lines of "Ode on a Grecian Urn," you might suggest that the lines have a lot of validity. I personally feel that he is saying that art is just as valid and meaningful as nature when he says,
"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,"?that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
Even though I do not think that he is saying that art is better than life or nature, I think he is saying that it is also important. I do not ...
Various pieces by Keats, Coleridge, Heine, and others are explored.