The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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

  • The effects of an absence of nature.
  • Negative.
  • All of these.
  • Macabre cinematic imagery.
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2. Other readers may argue that the aforementioned use of punctuation can be seen to do what?

  • To dramatise the poem.
  • To echo the form of the poem as being a dramatic monologue and the idea that Lyrical Ballads are supposed to be spoken.
  • 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 give instructions to readers when they were speaking the poem aloud.

3. '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.

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

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 techniques are present in the quote, 'Thy melodies of woods, and winds and, waters'?

  • All three as well as personification.
  • Tule of three.
  • Alliteration
  • Assonance


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