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

  • '... most innocent, perhaps'
  • 'Loathsome plague-spot;'
  • 'and what if guilty?'
  • 'Is this the only cure? Merciful God?'
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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.
  • 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.
  • To echo the form of the poem as being a dramatic monologue and the idea that Lyrical Ballads are supposed to be spoken.

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

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

4. 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?

  • So that the poem stays close to its rhyme scheme without loosing meaning.
  • The show his passion for the subject.
  • 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.

5. '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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