The Dungeon - Key Quotes

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1. 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

  • 'and what if guilty?'
  • 'Is this the only cure? Merciful God?'
  • '... most innocent, perhaps'
  • 'Loathsome plague-spot;'
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2. Which techniques are present in the quote, 'Thy melodies of woods, and winds and, waters'?

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

3. Coleridge uses punctuation such as, 'loathsome plague-spot;', 'their best cure!' and, 'what if guilty?' in the first stanza of The Dungeon to what avail?

  • To create a more difficult structure for his common readership so that, by contrast, his simpler seconds stanza - about nature - will seem more appealing to them.
  • To increase the sophistication of his argument to impress his readership and win them to his side.
  • So that the poem stays close to its rhyme scheme without loosing meaning.
  • The show his passion for the subject.

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.

  • False, Coleridge didn't believe in rehabilitation.
  • 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.
  • False, Coleridge believed that religion was the best way to rehabilitate prisoners.

5. 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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