The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. 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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2. 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'
  • 'Amid this general dance and minstrelsy;'
  • 'Healest thy wandering and distempered child'
  • 'O nature!'

3. The type of alliteration used in, 'parching poverty' to emphasise the horrific conditions of 18th century prisons is called what?

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

4. 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.

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

  • All of these things.
  • 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.
  • It ambiguously extends the previous question whilst subtly questioning god's status as omni-benevolent.
  • Coleridge's use of punctuation questions god's mercy.


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