The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. 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;'
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2. '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.

  • False, it juxtaposes the sceptical tone that Coleridge adopts when talking about God and religion in 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 doesn't directly juxtapose Coleridge's lexical choices in the first stanza, but it does present god as being omnipotent and benevolent.

3. 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.

4. 'Is this the only cure?' references what aspect of 1700's society?

  • The focus on punishment rather than rehabilitation within the Penal System.
  • The conditions and medical issues caused by the standard of prisons.
  • The death penalty as a form of punishment for crimes; the Bloody Code.
  • 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.
  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Tule of three.


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