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    the yellow surrounding it. Yellow is a color that, like blue, has a connection to intellect, but, unlike blue, is also representative of instability. In the bottom left of the yellow expanse is a small part of the Iliad, but it is not alone. Felicia Dorothea Hemans’ Casabianca pushes it off the visual field. Though it is decidedly different from oral poetry as a work crafted by someone who grew up in a literate culture, it still carries the memory of oral culture. Not very long ago, Hemans’ poem was recited in many classrooms because its strong meter and unbroken rhyme scheme made memorization easier (Chasar). It also makes use of antonomasia, such as when Casabianca’s father is referred to as “the chieftain” and Casabianca himself is several times called “the boy” or some variation thereof. The inclusion of epithets brings the poem closer in style to oral poetry, as do its additive and repetitive qualities. For example, oral poetry is often additive, and Casabianca is, somewhat, with several anaphoric lines beginning with the word “and” (Ong 36; Hemans). The repetition characteristic of oral tradition is also present, with the phrase “the flames rolled on,” for example, being used twice (Hemans 9, 20). The many structural similarities Hemans’ poem shares with oral poetry, as well as similarly historically-focused content, make it a suitable representation of the qualities of the transition from orality to literacy. Literacy itself is not far removed from these qualities,…

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    Gender Roles In Hard Times

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    options were limited to things such as making clothes, teaching, or being a nurse. The pay for women was also very low, and required minimal skills. During this time, a woman’s piety, also known as religion, was one of the most valuable things to both herself and society. In “Forget me not: evening prayer at a girls’ school,” by Felicia Hemans, this importance of religion is emphasized and explains the hardships women faced. “Her lot is on you! – silent tears to weep, and patient smiles to…

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    that they were at the time they were published which provides present-day readers with a window to a different perspective and culture. Felicia Dorothea Hemans’ “The Homes of England” would have invigorated a sense of nationalism for Brits at the time. The speaker of the poem stresses the greatness and equality of the British Empire through symbolic descriptions of its homes which inspired many citizens. The stately homes and the merry ones are admired for “How beautiful they stand!” and the…

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    reflect the change in curriculum that this produces. A textbook published in 1832 entitled The Young Ladies’ Class Book: Lessons for Reading in Prose and Verse reflects these concepts of True Womanhood. Ebenezer Bailey, the former Principal of the Young Ladies’ High School in Boston, published the textbook for use at his school. As the title suggests, the textbook includes only works of prose and poetry formatted as lessons on how to be a well-learned lady. Out of these different works, a…

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    A World of Inequality Warsan Shire once said, “It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” If a woman said these words in the 18th century she would have been frowned upon and would have had to be insane. Women were nothing but an object for pleasure and men’s property for many years. Not many women were brave enough to write about this, let alone talk about it. Some of the brave women that actually did write…

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