Week Three Study Questions on web readings
William Blake, "And did those feet in ancient time..." at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And_did_those_feet_in_ancient_time
Blake's work generally is not "typical" of the Romantic movement (or any movement, for that matter). Nonetheless Blake, like his contemporary, the painter Turner, often captured the essential spirit of Romanticism. Read the poem "And did those feet in ancient time," which is presented at this webpage as part f a Wikipedia entry. Based upon the poem, be ready to discuss:
what sense we might consider this poem a "Romantic"
Blake's attitude towards nature and towards the industrial landscape
Wordsworth, "Advertisement" and "Introduction" to "The Prelude of 1799" at http://www.bartleby.com/145/ww286.html and http://www.bartleby.com/145/ww287.html.
Wordsworth is often considered the "founder" of the Romantic movement among British poets. Please note that the Introduction is a very long section--I want you to read at least the first 30 lines....
what sense is this "advertisement" a "Romantic"
Wordsworth's attitude towards nature--
How does he place himself in nature (what is it to him)?
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1837)
For this week, be sure that you read the editor's introduction and the "Author's introduction" by Shelly. We might start discussing the novel itself, so here are the study questions: Frankenstein