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recurrent motifs (angelic vs. beastly nature of man, images of sensual love, death, love, God).

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TEST: Renaissance Literature

Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock.

a)

the theory and practice of Neoclassicism in the poetry of Alexander Pope.

b)

Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism

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Pope’s concept of art

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Pope’s understanding of Nature (Nature methodised)

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rules for writing poetry, influence of the poets of classical Antiquity.

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decorum, property, poetic diction

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causes of bad criticism

c)

Alexander Pope: The Rape of the Lock.

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mock-heroic poem (characteristic features)

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supernatural machinery, theme and language

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satire

12.

Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe and Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (fragments)

a)

early definitions of the novel – counter-distinction with romance

b)

formal realism (the novel's assimilation of the forms of factual literature).

c)

Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe

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Robinson Crusoe as a novel (autobiography, diary)

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individualism, the rise of the middle class

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Robinson as homo economicus (personal relations viewed in terms of commodity value, ethos of work, every stage of economic development is described etc.)

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colonialism and the attitude to ‘the other’ (Friday as ‘the other’, Robinson’s attitude to him; the island as a land to cultivate and civilise etc.)

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religion (puritan doctrine, Bibliolatry, individual contact with God, etc.)

d)

Gulliver’s Travels

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travel accounts, geographical discoveries

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Gulliver’s Travels as a political and philosophical satire (relativity of truth, corruption of court life, critique of reason, irony).

13.

Romantic literature: William Wordsworth: “The Preface to Lyrical Ballads”, “We Are Seven”, “Tintern Abbey”, “Lines Written in Early Spring”, “The Prelude” (part 1).

a)

Romantic idea of poetry and its role – “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” (language and subject of poetry, the role of feeling and sympathy, etc.)

b)

the role of the poet – “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” (“a man speaking to men”, the poet as a teacher and “translator” of feelings, etc.)

c)

Romantic attitude to Nature: contemplation of Nature, Nature as the source of morality, Man and his place in Nature, etc. (“Lines Written in Early Spring”, “Tintern Abbey”, The Prelude).

d)

Folk elements in Wordsworth poetry - “We Are Seven”  (the language of his poetry, the ballad, the supernatural etc.).

e)

Children and their perception of the world – “We Are Seven”, The Prelude.

14.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, “Kubla Khan”, Biografia Literaria chapter XIV

a)

Biographia Literaria (roles of a poet and poetry, definition of poetry, form and subjects of poetry, approaches to nature, the supernatural)

b)

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (the supernatural, the romantic hero, symbols, dreams, Nature, etc.)

c)

“Kubla Khan” (dream-vision, the source of poetry, symbols, etc.).

15.

Percy Byssie Shelley: “Ode to the West Wind”, “The Cloud”; John Keats: “Ode to a Nightingale”, “Ode to a Grecian Urn”

a)

Percy Bysshe Shelley:

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ode – a definition.

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