Homework for Tuesday. Read ch . 1, A Companion to Tudor Literature Read Act I of Hamlet . Quick Write. According to Gurr , w hat is one difference between Shakespearean and modern theater? What are the implications of that difference? In other words, why is this difference significant?.
Read ch. 1, A Companion to Tudor Literature
Read Act I of Hamlet.
According to Gurr, what is one difference between Shakespearean and modern theater? What are the implications of that difference? In other words, why is this difference significant?
--carefully analyzing the details of the text in order to draw conclusions about its effect and/or message
--think magnifying glass, dissection, extreme closeup
--don’t focus on cultural/author background, just language, poetics
1. Read the passage or poem carefully, perhaps aloud.
2. Then, pencil in hand, annotate striking features, such as repetition, startling diction, unusual meter, central tropes.
3. List some observations.
What is the poetic situation?
What is the rhyme scheme/form/genre?
How would you characterize the style, tone, mood, and diction?
Are there any figurative devices?
How is the passage arranged? What is at the beginning, middle, end?
Are there any tensions or shifts in the passage?
Is there anything unusual or interesting in the sounds of words?
Are there any allusions or cultural references?
Are there any metacritical references (i.e. discussion of the act of writing within the poem)?
4. Interpret your observations—ask why or how.
How does the form relate to the content? Why did the poet select this genre or rhyme scheme?
How does the diction and sentence structure relate to the poetic situation?
Why did the author select these figurative devices or repeated images or words?
Why is the passage organized as it is?
How do tensions or shifts in the passage generate its poetic effect or support its content?
5. Formulate hypotheses.
* Can you make a statement about the passage as a whole based on your observations?
* In general, for example, how does the form follow the content?
* What is the overall poetic effect?
Was it the proud full sail of his great verse,Bound for the prize of all too precious you,That did my ripe thoughts in my brain inhearse,Making their tomb the womb wherein they grew?Was it his spirit, by spirits taught to writeAbove a mortal pitch, that struck me dead?No, neither he, nor his compeers by nightGiving him aid, my verse astonished.He, nor that affable familiar ghostWhich nightly gulls him with intelligence,As victors of my silence cannot boast;I was not sick of any fear from thence: But when your countenance filled up his line, Then lacked I matter; that enfeebled mine.
Quarto 2 1604
To be, or not to be, that is the question, Whether tis nobler in the minde to suffer The slings and arrowes of outragious fortune, Or to take Armes against a sea of troubles, And by opposing, end them, to die to sleepeNo more, and by a sleepe, to say we end The hart‐ake, and the thousand naturall shocks That flesh is heire to; tis a consumationDeuoutly to be wisht to die to sleepe, To sleepe, perchance to dreame, I there's the rub, For in that sleepe of death what dreames may come When we haue shuffled off this mortallcoyleMust giuevs pause
To be, or not to be, I there's the point, To Die, to sleepe, is that all? I all: No, to sleepe, to dreame, I mary there it goes, For in that dreame of death, when wee awake, And borne before an euerlastingIudge, From whence no passenger euerretur'nd, The vndiscouered country, at whose sight The happy smile, and the accursed damn'd.