Please respond to each of the questions below. Remember to give examples from the poems to strengthen your point.
- The poets we read this week in “Romantic Poets and Their Successors” have all, at some point, been read as participating in or responding to Romanticism. What common traits do you see that you would label as “romantic” (not as in love and romance as previously noted)? Are there contradictory traits you see within the category (ideas that are not in line with the characteristics of Romanticism)?
- Which poems use the voices of child workers in response to the terrible, dangerous practices of the nineteenth century (Industrialization)? How effective is the use of children’s voices in these poems?
- Define “dramatic monologue” as relating to poetry. What poem did we read this week uses this technique? What does the poem tell the reader about the individual—about how individuals present themselves and what makes up an individual’s psychology?
- Romanticism brought back to poetry an interest in the exotic and the fantastic that continued through the 19th century. Review Keats’s “La Belle Dame sans Merci.” What is the theme that brings out the exotic and/or fantastical elements of the poem? Could the author have presented this same theme in a more realistic depiction of the world (one without the fantastic or exotic elements)? Why? Why not? If you answered no---explain how the elements used aid in the presentation of the theme.
- According to Pandita Ramabai in “Married Life,” what is the minimum age for a Hindu girl to marry? What is the maximum marriageable age for a high caste girl? What entitles the parents to rich rewards in heaven according to the Hindu marriage customs?
- How is the arranged marriage of a Hindu boy different than that of a girl? What rights does he have that the girl does not?
- What does Ramabai say is a “cruel custom”? What is the caste rule---meaning how does one’s “caste” determine one’s marriageability? If a low-caste man is a millionaire, is it acceptable for a father to agree for his daughter of high caste to marry him simply because of his wealth?
- Who owns the young Hindu girls and makes their decisions for them before marriage? Once married, who does the young married girl belong to? Who rules over her?
- Any thoughts on the idea of arranged marriages? Do you have personal experience with arranged marriages? Can they be successful? Purely opinion: Could you be happy in an arranged marriage? Does American society put too much emphasis on “love” rather than more practical reasons of marriage?
- Which did you like better this week: the poetry or the story, “Married Life”? Why?
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