The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. 'dance', 'minstrelsy', 'healed', 'harmonised' and, 'wins' are part of a positive semantic field in the second stanza that juxtaposes the negative semantic field of the first stanza.

  • True.
  • False, it doesn't directly juxtapose Coleridge's lexical choices in the first stanza, but it does present god as being omnipotent and benevolent.
  • True, it juxtaposes the negative semantics of stanza one in order to contrast the effects of the penal system and the effects of nature and god. However, the way in which Coleridge embraces the power of God can be seen as contradictory.
  • False, it juxtaposes the sceptical tone that Coleridge adopts when talking about God and religion in the first stanza.
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2. Finish the quote: 'Poor brother...'

  • '... who offends against us'
  • '... this is the process of our love and wisdom'
  • '... poor victim!'
  • '... most innocent, perhaps'

3. '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.

4. In the second stanza, Coleridge talks directly to nature; personifying it. Which of the following quotes would best support the argument of Pantheism?

  • 'Thy melodies of woods, and winds, and waters'
  • 'Healest thy wandering and distempered child'
  • 'O nature!'
  • 'Amid this general dance and minstrelsy;'

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

  • '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!'
  • 'Thy melodies of woods, and winds, and waters'
  • 'His angry spirit healed and harmonised by the benignant touch of love and beauty.'


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