Eve of St. Agnes - Brief summary

Notes on language, form, structure, voice , setting and themes.

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Eve of St. Agnes
Structure:
Chronological
Form:
Spenserian Stanzas
Iambic pentameter followed by and alexandrine sense of conclusion
Tableaux/story board affect.
ABABBCBBC Rhyme scheme constant metre adds to tableaux
Voice:
Omniscient reliable
Direct speech given to all main characters
Minimal characters have reported speech
Setting:
Time
medieval ritual expectations of women/ love vs. lust/ religion vs. tradition
1 night PACE, audience anticipate ending
Place heightens tension as it is dangerous for Porphyro
Language:
Archaic authenticates medieval setting
Synthaesia , "languid moon" introduces theme too; age and youth
Metaphors "heart on fire" used to suggest love or passion?
Sentence structure, sibilance, less extrovert sounds in stanza 19 to emphasize the secret
nature
Prolific use of verbs strengthen the narrative and increase pace
Adjectives enhance the pictoral element/ tableaux affect
Pathetic fallacy; suggest all is not well at end and after "passionate moment"
Themes:
Dream vs. Reality
Love vs. Passion
Religion vs. Tradition and superstition
Hero or villain
Focus:
Relationship and impact of time

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