Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Reading Period 21: Jan 29 - Feb 4: The Victorian Age and Tennyson

The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse

Read the selection about the Victorian Age and also the textbook's section on Alfred, Lord Tennyson. In total, pages 599-637.


Choose two of the following to turn in before class on Tuesday:

Art Connection:

Create an illustration of the opening lines of Tennyson's poem "Mariana" using any medium you choose.

With blackest moss the flower-plots
Were thickly crusted, one and all;
The rusted nails fell from the knots
That held the pear to the gable wall.
The broken sheds looked sad and strange:
Unlifted was the clinking latch;
Weeded and worn the ancient thatch
Upon the lonely moated grange.

The poem is inspired by a line from Shakespeare: "Mariana in the moated grange." You may want to look up "grange" and also find out what a thatched roof might look like. Here's a link to the full poem to inspire and inform you.

History Connection:

Read the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Tennyson. Here's the full text of the poem. The topic of this poem is the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. Write 250 words on the Crimean War -- who was involved, what was being disputed, how long did it last, and who were the victors? Make sure you mention the Battle of Balaclava and address the facts referenced in the poem, to give some historical context for this work.

Writing Connection:

Write a prose version of The Lady of Shalott in 250 words.


Please copy this into an email and submit it with answers for grading by Monday night, February 3, at midnight.

This quiz covers the material on the Victorian period, pages 599-619.

First Assembling of the First Reformed Parliament, 1833
1. What was the significance of the First Reform Bill in 1832?
2. What hardships were imposed upon the lower classes by the Corn Laws?
3. What was the purpose of the Great Exhibition of 1851?
4. Which political Party came to represent the interests of the affluent middle class?
5. What law extended the vote to most members of the working class?
6. How did Evangelicalism and Utilitarianism heighten awareness of conditions among the working poor?
7. Which two writers argued forcefully for the moral and spiritual value of literature?
8. Which writer recognized that ideals of individual freedom had to include women as well as men?
9. Which two Victorian poets are associated with stylistic experiments?
10. Why was the novel so well suited to the expression of Victorian sensibility?


Choose either "The Lady of Shalott" or "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and read it out loud to yourself or someone else each day. Memorize as many stanzas of "The Lady of Shalott" or "The Charge of the Light Brigade" as you can, to recite in class.