Question 8: Aristotle believed that a good play created a catharsis for the audience. Would this play accomplish that in ancient Greece? Write a paragraph in which you summarize what Aristotle must have thought about Oedipus the King, a play he did see and about which he did write. Be sure to explain catharsis.
Answer: A catharsis is a purging of the emotions, allowing the audience to have the emotional experience of the tragedy without having to go through the experience itself. In every way that Aristotle analyzed play design, this play was at the ideal level. The play must have had that effect on the audience when Aristotle saw it for him to think so much of it.
Feedback: See "Aristotle's Poetics" and Cosmic Trial Discussion.
Semester 1 Midterm - Q 11
Question 11: In the space provided, explain how Wilfred Owen communicates his tone in "Dulce at Decorum Est." This is your chance to demonstrate that you can use effectively the literary terms you learned in the course so far. You have the opportunity in this poem to use, by far, most of the terms you studied. If you wish, you can type your response in a word processing program and then copy/paste the answer into the space provided.
Answer: Within "Dulce et Decorum Est" Wilfred Owen communicates the tone of horror towards the brutality of war. Through literary techniques, he depicts death in war. For example, alliteration expresses this horror. Owen writes, "And watch the white eyes writhing in his face," which creates a stark and confronting image within the reader's mind. Furthermore, Owen's use of simile through "his hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin" arouses the sympathy of the reader with this depiction of the grotesque nature of death.
Feedback: This is tricky to find. Go to Reading and Rhetoric, Dover Beach Activity. Inside the Dover Beach Activity, go to the first link. Once there, the reading links are located at the top of the page. This is a unit called "Reading Skills and Literary Terms" Literary terms - In #1,"Introduction," see links for glossary and terms studied earlier in the year. Also, see #6 "Figurative Language" and #8 "Tone." It appears that this unit (Reading Skills and Literary Terms) is no longer available, or at least not a visible link.
Poetry Analysis - Exam - Poetry Q23
Question 23: Choose any one of the three poems on this test. Write a paragraph in which you describe the poetic techniques the poet uses to achieve his or her purpose.
Wild Nights -- Wild Nights!
Were I with thee Wild Nights
should be Our luxury!
Futile -- the Winds --
To a Heart in port --
Done with the Compass --
Done with the Chart!
Rowing in Eden --
Ah, the Sea!
Might I but moor --
Tonight --In Thee!
Correct Answer: If the student chooses this poem, the answer should address the significance of the word "luxury." Also, they should recognize the contradictions in the poem and their function. Additionally, they might note the grammar and its function in the poem. They also might mention the poem's rhyme.
In "Wild Nights, Wild Nights," Emily Dickinson employs several literary techniques to impart her passion and love. Initially, she uses the word luxury. "Were I with thee Wild Nights should be Our luxury!" In this sense, luxury is used to imply lust or the gratification of an appetite. Additionally, Dickinson issues several contradictions throughout the poem to demonstrate the erratic mood of love and passion. Furthermore, the capitalization of words within lines signifies their importance. Wild and Our are examples of this grammatical technique. Perhaps this is to remind the reader of the individual role within love. Finally, Dickinson ends the poem with a true rhyme, " Wild Nights--Wild Nights!" ends with a vowel sound. Possibly, she wants to leave the reader with a desire for more lines in...