Victorian Poetry

Victorian Poetry
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Victorian Poetry

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Excerpt from Tennyson's Ulysses

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The Great Exhibition

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Why would it be difficult to find Victorian poems that are very positive about the industrial revolution?

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Child Labour

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In this poem the entire text is spoken by a single character whose words reveal his identity. What is this poetic device called?

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Who is Tithonus and to whom is he speaking?

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Who is the speaker and to whom is he speaking?

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What does the description of the last Duchess’ behavior in lines 25-31 reveal about her?
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She was friendly and kind to everyone she met.
B
She kept a proper distance from people of lower rank.
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She preferred other people’s company to her husband’s.
D
She purposely acted in a way that irritated her husband.

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What does the phrase “some officious fool” reveal about the Duke’s attitude towards his wife’s admirers? (Line 27)
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He is amused by them.
B
He is unaware of them.
C
He is intimidated by them.
D
He is contemptuous of them.

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“She thanked men, — good! but thanked / Somehow — I know not how — as if she ranked / My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old-name / With anybody’s gift.”
What do these lines reveal about the way the Duchess’ behavior affected the Duke? (Lines 31-34)
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His heart was broken because he realized that she loved another man.
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His reputation was ruined because his court knew she was unfaithful.
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His pride was wounded because she did not regard him as superior.
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His love grew because he admired her kindness and generosity.

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As used in lines 42-43, what does the word “stoop” mean?
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to lower oneself
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to instruct someone
C
to flirt with someone
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to change one’s mind

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How does the enjambment between lines 46-47 affect the meaning of these lines?
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It emphasizes the phrase “There she stands,” showing how the Duke is haunted by her memory.
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It demonstrates the strained, jerky way the Duke speaks, showing readers how nervous he is.
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It emphasizes the phrase “As if alive,” alerting readers to the Duchess’s death.
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It allows the poet to maintain the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the poem.

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What effect do lines 49-54 have on the mood of this poem?
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They create a melancholy mood by reminding readers of the Duke’s lost love.
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They create a hopeful mood by foreshadowing a new love for the lonely Duke.
C
They create an ominous mood by indicating that the murderous Duke seeks to marry again.
D
They create a celebratory mood by indicating that there may be a wedding in the near future.

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Why does the Duke most likely point out his statue of “Neptune... Taming a sea-horse” to his visitor? (Lines 54-55)
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to impress the Count’s servant with his ability to purchase expensive art
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to emphasize the control he expects to exert over his second wife
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to make himself appear sophisticated and well-educated
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to distract from his accidental admission of wrongdoing

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Which statement best summarizes the plot of the poem?
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The Duke becomes so emotional looking at his last wife’s portrait that it is clear he is still grieving and not ready to marry again.
B
The Duke’s last wife offended his sense of self-importance with her friendliness to others, eventually resulting in her untimely death.
C
The Duke’s last wife was disloyal, so he meets with the Count’s servant in order to stress how important it is that his next wife be faithful to him.
D
The Duke’s last wife vanished under mysterious circumstances, so the Count takes extra precautions before approving the Duke’s marriage to his daughter.

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What poetic device is moved throughout the poem?

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What is the poem's subject?

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Name two metaphors the poet uses in this poem.

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Name two similes the poet uses in the poem.

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Victorian (and Romantic) Poetry Revision

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Tithonus: "The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts." What gift is he talking about?
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Eternal beauty
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Eternal youth
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Eternal life
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Mortality

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Tithonus: Thy sweet eyes brighten slowly close to mine, / Ere yet they blind the stars, and the wild team / Which love thee, yearning for thy yoke, arise,------ What is the wild team and what do they do?
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Human servants who threaten to extinguish all the stars
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Horses that carry the sun up into heaven every day
C
Other gods who love Aurora and want to prevent Tithonus from seeing her

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Tithonus: I wither slowly in thine arms, / Here at the quiet limit of the world, / A white-hair'd shadow roaming like a dream --- What poetic device is 'A white-hair'd shadow'?
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assonance
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metaphor
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simile
D
alliteration

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Which poetic device is used more than once in this fragment?

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Explain from the context of the poem why the poet wanted to stress those words/sentences.

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1. Who is speaking? 2. Who is he speaking to and why?

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1. Who is he talking about? What happened? 2. What does this fragment tell you about the speaker?

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What characteristic of Victorian poetry can you find in this poem?

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1. Why do the children think the earth is dreary? 2. Why do the children say that the graves are for the old?

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What characteristics of Victorian poetry can you find in this poem?

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Surviving a day in the Victorian Era

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