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  1. Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market is often described as a subversive poem. Do you agree?

    I think one of the main ideas that Christina Rossetti put across in her poem is that if a perfect god is willing to give us a second chance why is an imperfect society not willing with regard to fallen women. I think the poem Goblin Market has a lot of issues that Christina Rossetti was dealing with or had dealt with at the time it was written. Including love, how fallen women were treated, where she worked, her brother; and his treatment of his wife.

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  2. Discuss the relationship between structure and content in Shakespeare's sonnets and Spenser's "The Faerie Queene".

    The latter is extremely self-contained, due to the chiasmus of line 4 ("but day by night and night by day oppress'd") and the repetition of 'toil' in lines 7 and 8. Sonnet XVIII benefits from longer sounds and a greater number of polysyllabic words ("temperate", "complexion"), giving it its softer mood and sound. It is also worth pointing out that while both sonnets are well-punctuated, and mostly end-stopped, sonnet XVIII is all one sentence, making it more flowing and sinuous to the reader's ear, whereas sonnet XXVIII's general tension is consolidated by being broken up into several clauses, with a question mark at line 2, and full stops at lines 8, 12 and 14.

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  3. Discuss the ways - conventional or unconventional - in which the poet's mistress is represented by any TWO poets of the period. Refer to at least three poems, commenting closely on at least two.

    He then goes back to talking about his mistress, 'but thy eternal summer shall not fade', he is saying that she is his summer and she will always be that way, her summer-like beauty will never diminish as the sun and season will. He is using his poetry to make her beauty timeless, even death cannot take her beauty when it is recorded in his work; 'Nor death brag thou wand'rest in his shade, when in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.'

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  4. Examine the relationship between literary innovation and classical imitation inElizabethan literature, with reference to Spenser's The Faerie Queene

    This was a time of great curriculum reform, or 'self fashioning' (505) , which saw a move from training students for the church, to teaching the 'acquisition of literature'(505), so that pupils had a literary and cultural knowledge of Greek and Latin. The classics were also studied for their moral, political and philosophical worth, which often coincided with traditional Christian values. It is for this reason that in The Faerie Queene we see a mixture of Pagan Gods and Christian images.

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  5. 'A Brilliant projection of a very common male viewpoint whereby women are to be denigrated (perhaps out of fear) and also celebrated as objects for male gratification'(George Parfitt). Is this an accurate description of the presentation of women in male-a

    This can be seen in Andrew Marvell's 'To his Coy Mistress'. Marvell takes it upon himself to persuade his lover, to bend her to his will by using threats of death to make her see reason: "The grave's a fine and private place,/But none, I think, do there embrace"3 The poet thinks only of his own pleasure in this piece, the female is, indeed, an 'object for male gratification', as it is made clear that he wants nothing more than a more intimate relationship with his lover, while she has other dreams, as he claims that had they time enough, then: Thou by the Indian Ganges side Shoudst rubies find; I

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  6. Discuss the mixture of realism and fantasy in Ben Jonson's country house poem 'To Penshurst'

    Due to his poetic style, Jonson was easily able to secure his place as a respected patronage poet. Robert Evans comments ?Ben Jonson became perhaps the most successful patronage poet of his era. House-guest of well-connected nobles, perennial author of holiday masques, and recipient of royal grants of money and sack, Jonson by middle age had become a fixture at the Jacobean court.?[1] It was extremely important for patronage poets to flatter the country estate of the landowner, as the country estate somewhat established the landowner?s status, and even in a sense defined what others thought of him within the class system.

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