The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. 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.
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2. '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.

3. '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.
  • 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.
  • False, it doesn't directly juxtapose Coleridge's lexical choices in the first stanza, but it does present god as being omnipotent and benevolent.

4. 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 uses direct address, whereas he didn't in the first stanza.
  • He uses shorter, simpler, words.
  • He makes it shorter.
  • He introduces a rhyme scheme.

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

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