.::. 2-3-2011 .::. written for British Literature II .::. Abigail Morris .::.
+ As Though Burke Saw It Coming
Richard Price offered praise for the “glorious” revolution of the French. While there are chunks missing from the selection, I feel that it was his misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the civil strife that France was suffering that brought about the angry retaliation of Edmund Burke. It was less than a month after the monarchy had been overthrown when Price wrote his address, but when Burke began working on his response, more than two months of the French drama had been played out and Burke had a deeper understanding of the facts of the revolution. There was no glory of which to speak. Burke had received a full account of the storming of Versailles by the mob of fishmonger wives bent on the utter destruction of Continue reading
.::. 2-22-2011 .::. written for British Lit. II .::. Abigail Morris .::.
+ Spell Bound
We, as individuals, are like to fall upon different interpretations, emotional responses, and strengths of imagination when reading and offering a response to any book, poem, story, article, essay, etc. This being so, I can only speak for myself in the matter of what effect Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” has on a person reading its full measure for the first time. My experience seems similar to that mentioned in the introduction of the young Mary Shelly in that I find myself happily haunted with the memory of it. The poem is put together in what Continue reading
.::. 1-11-2011 .::. written for British Literature II .::. Abigail Morris .::.
+ Seven Souls—Five Breathing Still
“We Are Seven” (p.249), by William Wordsworth, is a poem which seems to tell of an episode experienced by the narrator when he engages in a short conversation asking after the family of an eight-year-old girl he has happened upon near a church. It is a short exploration of the innocence and almost blissful ignorance which accompanies the early years of childhood. Continue reading