Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Reading Period 16: November 13-19: Wordsworth and Coleridge

Wordsworth and Coleridge. Which was which? 

Please read the section on The Romantic Age in your textbook, as well as the selections from William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, including the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner." This is all in your textbook, pages 455-515.


Art Connection:

Listen to Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor and Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major. How can you tell that Bach is of the late baroque movement and Beethoven of the romantic period? 

Here's Bach: 

 Here's Beethoven:

History Connection:

Write 250 words on the effects of laissez faire government on the people of England during the Industrial Revolution.

Writing Connection:

Compose a poem about an experience that you and a younger sibling or cousin or friend have both shared. Address the poem to your sibling and talk about how the experience they're now having is the same as the one you once had, but different from the one you currently have, now that you are older. Model your poem on Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey."


The quiz covers material found on pages 455-472 and the quiz questions can be found and previewed in the box labeled "Review" on page 472. 

1.Explain the significance of the dates 1798 and 1832 for the Romantic Age   
A. 1798 was the birth of Walter Coleridge; 1832 was the death of Samuel Wordsworth.
B. 1798 was the birth of German Romanticism; 1832 was the death of English Romanticism.
C. 1798 was the publication of Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge; 1832 was the death of Sir Walter Scott.
D. 1798 was the publication of Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth and Coleridge; 1832 was the publication of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

2.Which of these statements correctly shows a contrast between Romantic and 18th century writers.   
A. 18th century writers stressed judgment and reason, Romantics stressed imagination and emotion.
B. 18th century writers championed the individual, Romantics were more concerned with society as a whole.
C. 18th century writers based their works on medieval themes, Romantics were inspired by classic works from Greece and Rome.
D. 18th century writers showed the value of freedom, Romantics showed the value of authority.

3.Why was the French Revolution considered a greater threat to England than the revolt of the English colonies in America?   
A. The French revolution was about diplomacy, whereas the American Revolution was about democracy.
B. The French threw off their government from within, whereas the colonies threw off their government from a distance.
C. The French revolution was successful, whereas the American Revolution was easily put down.
D. The French revolution was closer; the American Revolution was far away.

4.Why did English liberals and radicals become disillusioned with the French Revolution?   
A. Because of the violence of the September Massacres.
B. Because Napoleon emerged as a dictator and emperor.
C. Because of Robespierre and the Reign of Terror.
D. All of the above.

5.Which sentence best summarizes the effect of the Industrial Revolution on living cities in England?   
A. Cities were evacuated as laborers were needed in small towns.
B. New technology brought improvements and safety.
C. Cities became overcrowded with poor people working long hours for barely any money.
D. Cities became hubs of scientific learning and progress.

6.What two favorite kinds of romantic subjects appear in Lyrical Ballads?   
A. Comedy of manners and love triangle.
B. The natural and the supernatural.
C. Woods and oceans.
D. The court and the church.

7.How does Wordsworth's ideal of "real language" differ from the poetic diction of the 18th century.   
A. Wordsworth draws in the expressive power of ordinary speech, rather than artificial poetic language.
B. Wordsworth only uses words that real people would actually say.
C. Wordsworth rebels against any rhyme or meter, insisting that poems sound like they could be said by a worker in the field.
D. Wordsworth believes that real men speak in poetry if they enter the correct emotional state.

8.How were Wordsworth and Coleridge viewed by the second generation of Romantic poets?   
A. They completely rejected the tenets and objectives set out in the preface to Lyrical Ballads.
B. They felt complete allegiance to the older poets.
C. They felt they had sold out to an unjust society, politically speaking.
D. They wanted to duplicate the older poets' ideas without duplicating any of their poetic structures.

9.Which of the Romantics had the most successful poetic career?   
A. Wordsworth
B. Keats
C. Shelley
D. Byron

10.In what way is Scott the "epitome of the Romantic novelist"?   
A. He only wrote from medieval themes, combining chivalry with romance.
B. He wrote in verse full of emotion and woodsy images.
C. He blended historical details with uncommon or marvelous incidents.
D. He used the language of real men instead of the arch poesy of the 18th century.

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