The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. 'Merciful God?' can be seen as ironic because...

  • All of these things.
  • It ambiguously extends the previous question whilst subtly questioning god's status as omni-benevolent.
  • Coleridge's use of punctuation questions god's mercy.
  • Coleridge's use of lexicon and punctuation reminds a religious audience - at the time - that a system based on the bible is entirely devoid of God and religious teachings.
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2. 'O nature! Healest thy wandering and distempered child: ... Amid this general dance and minstrelsy; ... [he] wins back his way' would be a good quote to support which point?

  • Coleridge introduces a rhyme scheme in the second stanza.
  • Other readers disagree that this is Coleridge's intention with his use of punctuation as it does not change in the second stanza. Which of these quotes best supports that?
  • Coleridge simplifies his punctuation in the seconds stanza; as compared to the first.
  • Coleridge was an advocate of the Bloody Code and the penal system before the penal reform of the late 18th century.

3. Other readers may argue that the aforementioned use of punctuation can be seen to do what?

  • Any of these things... any of the wrong answers from the last question... A03 loves it when you have contrasting opinions on a point which are attributed to, 'other readers'.
  • To echo the form of the poem as being a dramatic monologue and the idea that Lyrical Ballads are supposed to be spoken.
  • To give instructions to readers when they were speaking the poem aloud.
  • To dramatise the poem.

4. 'Is this the only cure?' references what aspect of 1700's society?

  • The death penalty as a form of punishment for crimes; the Bloody Code.
  • The focus on punishment rather than rehabilitation within the Penal System.
  • The conditions and medical issues caused by the standard of prisons.
  • The belief that nature has healing properties.

5. Which of these is my favourite quote? HINT: it's awesome!

  • 'Thy melodies of woods, and winds, and waters'
  • 'His energies roll back upon his heart.
  • 'So he lies, Circled with evil, till his very soul unmoulds its essence, hopelessly deformed, by sights of ever more deformity!'
  • 'His angry spirit healed and harmonised by the benignant touch of love and beauty.'

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