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STUDY HINTS Study the spelling and meaning of these words: transparent perplexity
ingenuity Has Irving followed any plan in this description of Van Twiller ? What is his plan? What do you think of Van Twiller's character? Of his habits? What does the expression “Taken toll of everything that went into his mouth” mean? Does the author describe his hero directly or indirectly? Prove your point by two illustrations. What do you consider the most humorous part of the description? How would you describe Irving's humor?
SUGGESTIONS FOR ORAL AND WRITTEN ENGLISH
THEME SUBJECTS Imitating Irving's method of description, describe, without giving his name, a person familiar to the class. Think what it is that causes you to recognize him even before you are near enough to see his face distinctly. Has he any unusual feature that makes him noticeable? Has he any characteristic gestures or expressions? How do his clothes differ from those of other people? Whatever, in a word, that makes him different from others should be shown in your description. Describe a building or a room, bringing out its chief feature. Contrast Ichabod Crane with Wouter Van Twiller. Describe a man to show that he is a clergyman or a doctor.
The Roundest Person I ever Saw.
SUGGESTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL READINGS
The Stout Gentleman (in Bracebridge Hall). Washington Irving.
A SECOND GROUP OF NATURE LYRICS
ARIEL'S SONG 1
WHERE the bee sucks, there suck I;
1 From The Tempest.
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
For oft when on my couch I lie
ON THE GRASSHOPPER AND CRICKET
John Keats (1795–1821) was born in London. For a short time he studied surgery but gave it up to become a poet. His poetical creed was: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” He especially loved the beautiful things in the world of the senses. Before he died, at the age of twenty-five, he had written more beautiful verse than any other poet of his years. One of Shelley's greatest poems is Adonais, an elegy on Keats. See also:
Halleck's New English Literature, pp. 426-435, 447.
THE poetry of earth is never dead:
In summer luxury, — he has never done
THREE PICTURES FROM THE PALACE OF ART
Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire. He divides honors with Browning as one of the two greater poets of the Victorian age. In Memoriam, a poem on the death of his most intimate friend; the Idylls of the King, celebrating the deeds of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table; and some of his short lyrics, are his most famous poems. He was a careful student of nature and his poetry reflects the thought of the Victorian age. The artistic finish of his verse is one of its great charms. He said that he could have transferred many of his stanzas to canvas if he had been a painter. See also:
Halleck's New English Literature, pp. 553-563, 585.
ONE showed an iron coast and angry waves.
You seemed to hear them climb and fall
Beneath the windy wall.
By herds upon an endless plain,
With shadow-streaks of rain.
And one, an English home - gray twilight poured
On dewy pastures, dewy trees,
A haunt of ancient Peace.
THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE 1
WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
William Butler Yeats (1865– ), was born in Dublin, Ireland. He has done much to revive Irish folklore, besides writing exquisite lyrics, and plays full of patriotic feeling and of the childlike superstition of his country. See also:
Halleck's New English Literature, pp. 597-599, 616, 617, 623.
I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping
slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
1 From The Poetical Works of William B. Yeats, copyright, 1906, by The Macmillan Company. Used by special arrangement with the publishers.