Mastering English Literature (Palgrave Master Series) by Richard Gill

By Richard Gill

The 3rd variation of this prime textual content presents a complete consultant to literary examine. Emphasis has been put on contextualizing literature and this up to date model takes those adjustments under consideration by means of incorporating extra fabric on old and cultural contexts in addition to in-depth discussions on novels, drama and poetry.

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The hawk coldly lists its position in the tree and the fact that its eyes are closed. The caesura marks the determined way in which the bird notes those things. Changing emotional Caesuras also mark a change in the emotions of a poem. If you attend closely to a poem's mood you may enjoy the pleasure of recognising and following changes in feeling. Example ---, Some very moving examples of caesuras marking changes of emotion occur in 'Thyrsis', the poem in which Arnold mourns the death of his friend by thinking about how the landscape around Oxford, where they used to walk together, seems utterly changed .

20 Words and meaning 21 In the Dylan Thomas line, it is surely the word 'easy' which attracts attention . It is both unusual and comes with a delightful lilt after 'young' . 'Scuffling' in the fourth line attracts attention, largely because it is the word dealing with sound among others concerned with sight. In the last line, you might be struck by one or all of the four 'sudden sharp hot stink'; they are emphatic and deliberate. In all the above examples, words are used in a rich and intriguing way.

At the close of a line the meaning is not yet complete, so you might ask: • • • What is going to happen next? What is the full meaning going to be? Where is the thought of the poem going? Hopkins 's 'God' s Grandeur' , which is about the presence of the glory of God in the world, starts with two firm end-stopped lines, and then offers the reader an enticing run-on : The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed .

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