The Dungeon - Key Quotes


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

  • The focus on punishment rather than rehabilitation within the Penal System.
  • The belief that nature has healing properties.
  • The conditions and medical issues caused by the standard of prisons.
  • The death penalty as a form of punishment for crimes; the Bloody Code.
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2. 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.

3. 'O nature! Healest thy wandering and distempered child: ... Amid this general dance and minstrelsy; ... [he] wins back his way' would be a good quote to support which point?

  • Other readers disagree that this is Coleridge's intention with his use of punctuation as it does not change in the second stanza. Which of these quotes best supports that?
  • Coleridge was an advocate of the Bloody Code and the penal system before the penal reform of the late 18th century.
  • Coleridge simplifies his punctuation in the seconds stanza; as compared to the first.
  • Coleridge introduces a rhyme scheme in the second stanza.

4. 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

5. '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.
  • False, it doesn't directly juxtapose Coleridge's lexical choices in the first stanza, but it does present god as being omnipotent and benevolent.
  • 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.


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