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The Romantic Period Assignments (Rhyme and Reason

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Assignments The Romantic Period
  1) a) The two revolutions mentioned are the Industrial Revolution, which actually happened in England, and the French Revolution, which was a source of realization.
  * The Industrial Revolution was turning England from an Agricultural nation into an Industrial one. Which actually happened
  * The French Revolution was a source of inspiration to those people who felt that the structure of society should be changed.
b)   The eighteenth century | The Romantic Period: |
        -reason;       -poet = polite society;       -strong emotional appeal; | -lyrical Ballads;-non-rational forces of emotion;-intuition and imagination; |
c)   Idealization definitely plays a roll, like:
- the attitude to nature
- disappointment with the present/an idealized past
- popularity of supernatural elements
  2) The poet (speaker) is metaphorically compared to a natural object, a cloud “I wandered lonely as a cloud / That floats on high...” and also “Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
The speaker humanizes the daffodils when he says they are engaging in a dance.
“Tossing their heads in sprightly dance”.
  3) a) In the poem, the person that tells this poem loves hearing the voice of the girl that is singing in the field.
b) The poem is essentially about an experience, the poet sees a lonely girl who is working the fields somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.
c) The function is to tell the reader how special her voice sounds.
d) The poet actually does not hear what the girl is singing. It wouldn't make any difference, because the girl would still make a profound impression on the poet. The sound of her voice wouldn't change if he could hear the words of her song.
e) They are melancholy tune and plaintive numbers. Yes I think it could also refer to his mood at that time.
f) Yes, they certainly do:
-They are both a couplet.
-They are both alone, in the nature.
-They both see or hear something. For instance the joy of the sight...

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