Plan for Titus Andronicus and war poems assessment.

– Strong Emotions
– Introduce war poems
– Introduce Titus Andronicus

– Both made to be performed!!(key point, audiences reactions) perform vs read. simplicity in poems.

– Historical contextcontext – in Shakespearean times revenge is acceptable, but in Roman times revenge was expected of you (feuds). WW1 dying for honour was ok.

– Interpretations of both?

– Iambic pentameter – confidence in Titus Andronicus.
– Breaking of meter – Despair, regret in poems
– Weak foot – finishing on a different syllable to the rest of the lines. Shows degeneration of Titus’ sanity. Quotes found in act 3 scene 1. How to die – ‘with due regard to decent taste’. Last line weak foot suggests that there’s more to it, showing the sarcasm felt by the author and the irony.

Ceasura- changing emotions, uncertainty. Overwhelming emotion. Used in both
– Titus Andronicus – ‘I am the sea; hark how her sighs doth blow!’ Act 3 scene 1
– How to die, S.Owen – ‘not with haste/and shuddering groans; but passing though it’. Suppression of emotion. These lines also use the technique of apposition- putting two side of the argument side by side.

Enjambment – line flows into the next -creating and sense of overflowing emotion.
Titus -‘Then must my earth with her continual tears/Become a deluge, overflow’d and drown’d’
‘Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes/shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes’

IRONY- big technique, used in all, particuarly how to die. Dramatic irony key; in both the audience/reader knows what other characters plans are, or the fate of the soldiors (death). Persona, dramatic. Wilfred Owen’s poems are all ironic due to his death.


MODERN CONTEXT- What we saw at Stratford upon aven.
Interpretation of poems-acceptance, sadness, regret, passing on.

CONCLUSION- Revenge hurts everyone, include aron being anger here?

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