Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister

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Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
Setting
oTetrameter (with irregularities)
oNon-verbal sounds – “Gr-r-r” – conventions of spoken language (symmetry with the end – nothing is resolved) oColloquial/filial language – “Hell dry you up with its flames!” oRhythm retained throughout poem – speaker’s self-righteousness and careful adherence to tradition and formal convention oSimilarities to dramatic monologue – interest in sketching out a character, attention to aestheticizing detail, implied commentary on morality oTone – ironic, sarcastic, critical, bitter

Breaking of social expectations and hypocrisy
oAntithesis of a monk (caring, peaceful, patient) – disturbing (violence) oRighteousness vs self-righteousness and corruption
oHe finds his pleasures more in the flesh than in the spirit (suggestive towards sexual immorality) oAccusing Brother Lawrence of lechery/gluttony – “Saint, forsooth!” – when he is guilty of these sins – “Blue-black, lustrous, thick like horsehairs” – detail (clearly he has been looking for himself) oCorruption – “My scrofulous French novel”

oInclusion of Latin (formal) – “Salve tibi”, “Pena gratia” – contrasts with conversational tone, contractions – “Bright as ‘twere...” •Monk’s rage
oColloquial language – “Hell dry you up with its flames!” oNon-verbal sounds – “Gr-r-r” – conventions of spoken language (symmetry with the end – nothing is resolved) oImpatience – “What? Your myrtle-bush wants trimming? Oh, that rose has prior claims –” – catalexis (missing syllable) oFantasies about trapping Lawrence into damnation – suggests that L is a good man (will receive salvation) – the most vehement moralists invent their own opposition to elevate themselves •Religious

oOpposes second commandment: "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" oDramatic irony – narrator uses religious allegories to prove his ‘blamelessness’ – “Knife and fork he never lays/Cross-wise… As I do, In Jesu’s praise” – to audience, emphasises...
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