I’m working on a english writing question and need a reference to help me understand better.
You will make an analytical claim about the passage’s relevance to major issues in the Victorian and Modern periods. This will mean that you should review the Norton Anthologies’ Introductions for each period.
Then, you will close read one representative passage for a Victorian and a Modern poem. This will mean you have to analyze the words and quotes of the passage and how they connected to your claim.
Please note that there are many issues that you can choose from each period: pick the one you think will lead to the strongest argument. If helpful, I encourage you to talk about connections to the monster thesis or issues relevant to each respective period. Finally, please remember to use textual evidence to support your claim.
4 pages (double spaced; 2 pages per passage).
1) Victorian Period: Christian Rossetti’s Goblin Market
“‘You have much gold upon your head,’
They answered all together:
‘But from us with a golden curl.’
She clipped a precious golden lock,
She dropped a tear more rare than pearl,
Then sucked their fruit gloves fair or red:”
2) Modern Period T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (ll. 87-98):
“And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: ‘I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all’ –
Of one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should saw: ‘That is not what I meat at all.
That is not it, at all.’”