English Lit- Year 12 Poetry Anthology

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Who was 'La Belle Dame Sons Merci' written by?
John Keats
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What happens in this poem?
The narrator places females as the more superior sex than men with love being presented as eternal
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What are key themes in this poem?
Eternal love, idealised love, nature, sex, desire
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What time period is he from?
Romantic Poet
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What was his work viewed as at the time?
Frowned upon by intellectuals and he uses lots of natural imagery
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How does this link to Tess?
Similar to how Angel places Tess on a pedastool, also Tess is described in parallel to nature
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Who was 'Non Sum Qualis Eran Bonae Sub' written by?
Ernest Dowson
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What is the poem about?
The narrator sleeps with someone who isn't his partner- he thinks of his partner the whole time
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What are key themes in this poem?
Unrequited love, infidelity absent love and desire
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What period is he from?
He is a decadent poet who embodied the best and worst of literary and artistic movement
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Who is 'At an Inn' by?
Thomas Hardy
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What is the poem about?
The narrator in this poem questions love, love is presented as being strained through time
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What are key themes in this poem?
Love and loss, religion, sexuality, strained love
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What time period was Hardy writing in?
Victorian period- shows the social constraints upon women
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How does it link with Tess?
The love in this poem was pre-determined just like Tess' fate
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Who is 'Who so list to hount' by?
Thomas Wyatt
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What is the poem about?
The narrator is going to 'hount' women but knows that she is unattainable
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What are key themes in this poem?
Unrequited love, idealised love, eternal love and the power of love
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What period was he writing in?
Renaissance period
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How does it link to Tess?
Both the narrator and Angel put women on a pedistool.
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What is a direct comparison with Tess?
Narrator in the poem describes the deer as magical, in Tess, Angel describes her as 'visionary essence of women'
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Who wrote 'Sonnet 116'?
Shakespeare
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What is the sonnet about/ who is it addressed to?
A young boy- love conquers everything and doesn't alter
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What are the key themes in the sonnet?
Eternal love, unrealistic love, pure love
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What time period is it from?
Renaissance?
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What are the links to Tess?
Angel is able to forgive Tess and move on despite knowing about her past
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Who is 'The Flea' written by?
John Donne
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What is the poem about?
Speaker is trying to convince a women to sleep with him because sex isn't viewed as important
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What are the key themes?
Desire, sex, 'carpe diem' attitudes, power
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What time period is this from/ what literary period is it?
Considered the founder of 'metaphysical' poetry
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What are the links to Tess?
Sexaulisation of Tess' body parts, suggestion that it is inherent for men to behave this way
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Who is 'To His Coy Mistress' by?
Andrew Marvell
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What is the poem about?
Poem is spoken by a male lover to his female beloved as an attempt to convince her to sleep with him
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What are the key themes?
Love, sex, desire, nature, time, expectations, purity
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What time period is he writing in?
He is a metaphysical poet
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What are the links to Tess?
Marvell praises the lady's beauty and uses an '****** blazon': which was a technique used at the time
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Who is 'The Scrutiny' by?
Richard Lovelace
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What is the poem about?
Poem is addressed to women and is implied that it's about men conquering but then they have to search for more
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What are the key themes of the poem?
Time, power, sexual desires, stereotypes, expectations
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What type of poet is Marvell?
Cavalier- came about in the early 17th century. Part of the metaphysical poetry
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What are the links to Tess?
Sex in the Victorian period can be seen as conquering women- sex is not criticised
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Who is 'A Song' by?
Earl of Rochester
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What is the poem about?
It is the male speaker breaking up with the female character, argues that if he doesn't leave her he may aswell cheat on her
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What are the key themes?
Idealised love, infidelity, unrequited love
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What literary period is he from?
Restoration period
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What are the links to Tess?
Women are blamed even though the male may be responsible for it
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Who is 'The Garden of Love' by?
William Blake
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What is the poem about?
It is a criticism of institutionalised
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What are the key themes of the poem?
Death, idealised love, desires, nature, freedom, religion
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What literary period is he writing in?
Romantic period
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What are the links to Tess?
The way the poem addresses the women is similar to the narrator in Tess
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Who is 'Song' by?
Robert Burns
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What is the poem about?
Changes from an affectionate poem to a break up one
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What are the key themes?
Lost love, old love, affair
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What literary period is he writing in?
Romantic period
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Who is 'She Walks in Beauty' by?
Lord Bryon
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What is the poem about?
Speaker places an expectation on women and how they should be
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What are the key themes?
Idealised love, beauty, nature, purity, unrealistic love
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What literary period is he writing in?
Romantic period
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What are the links to Tess?
Alec focuses upon Tess' outward beauty and sexualises her
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Who is 'Remember' by?
Christina Rossetti
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What is the poem about?
A female (feminist voice) tries to break up with her love in a blunt manner
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What are the key themes?
Feminism, power, religion, the past, control
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What period was she writing in?
Pre-raphelite movement
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What are the links to Tess?
Tess' assertion to Angel that she shouldn't be with her and he should forget about him- female speaker
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Who is 'The Ruined Maid' written by?
Thomas Hardy
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What is the poem about?
It is a conversation between two women: a prostitute and a girl from the countryside
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What are the key themes?
Purity, class, misogyny, 'fallen' women
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What are the links to Tess?
Women are categorised as: pure women and fallen women
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What are key features of Romantic poetry?
recognition of sense of emotion, deep understanding of nature
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What is 'Fin De Siecle'?
typically refers to the end of 19th century. This period was widely thought to be of a degeneration, yet at the same time a series of hope
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What does the 'Decadent' movement refer to?
The notion of intense refinement The valuing of artificiality over nature A position of ENNUI or boredom rather than of moral earthiness or at the value of hard work An interest in perversity or paradox ,Transgressive modes of sexuality
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Who is another examples of other Decadents?
Oscar Wilde
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Who described who as the 'best English Satirist'?
Marvell described Rochester
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Who did Robert Burns address the poem to?
‘Nancy’, a cultivated lady who was separated from her husband and working in the West Indies. Burns was infatuated with her, it was thought that their relationship was unconsummated- but her made bore Burns a son
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