The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. What aspect of form and/or structure does Coleridge use to make his second stanza - about the positive effects of nature - more appealing to his common readership.

  • He introduces a rhyme scheme.
  • He makes it shorter.
  • He uses shorter, simpler, words.
  • He uses direct address, whereas he didn't in the first stanza.
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2. The type of alliteration used in, 'parching poverty' to emphasise the horrific conditions of 18th century prisons is called what?

  • Assonance.
  • Plosive alliteration.
  • Fricative alliteration.
  • Consonance.

3. What quote would support the Romantic belief that regardless of a person's actions, they are entitled to a certain level of basic human kindness. This quote also expresses a concern for the punishment than an individual would undergo for their crimes

  • '... most innocent, perhaps'
  • 'Loathsome plague-spot;'
  • 'and what if guilty?'
  • 'Is this the only cure? Merciful God?'

4. 'Till he relent, and can no more endure To be a jarring and dissonant thing ... His angry spirit healed and harmonised By the benignant touch of love and beauty.' Is Coleridge's summation that nature should be used in the rehabilitation of prisoners.

  • True. Although the Romantic movement did also advocate religion as a tool for rehabilitating prisoners.
  • False, Coleridge believed that religion was the best way to rehabilitate prisoners.
  • False, it simply supports the romantic belief that nature posses restorative powers, Coleridge did't believe in its use to rehabilitate prisoners.
  • False, Coleridge didn't believe in rehabilitation.

5. 'stagnate', 'corrupt', 'poison', 'friendless solitude', 'groaning', 'tears', 'uncomfortable', 'dismal twilight', 'savage' and, 'dungeon' form a semantic field that is best described as what?

  • Macabre cinematic imagery.
  • All of these.
  • Negative.
  • The effects of an absence of nature.


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