Monday–Elizabeth Barrett Browning
- Read “The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning”
- Read “The Browning Letters”
- Read “Sonnet 43”
- Read “The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett”
- The PDF page numbers are pg. 21-29 but the actual book pages are pg. 85-93. You will need to scroll down more than halfway through this PDF document.
Begin With A Journal
Jealousy–“Jealousy appears to be inspired by love, but it often springs from other emotions. What are some hidden causes of jealousy?” Describe a time when you felt jealous. Have you ever felt jealous because someone you had a crush on had feelings for someone else? How did you deal with your feelings?
Write This Definition In Your Notes:
Dramatic Monologue- “My Last Duchess” is one of Browning’s earliest and most popular dramatic monologues, poems in which a speaker, who is not the poet, addresses a listener who does not speak. Instead of commenting directly on the speaker, Browning provides us with clues and expects us to make inferences. We are required to THINK about the character of the the speaker, to reconstruct the situation in which he or she speaks, and to guess at the speaker’s motives.
- Read this biography of Robert Browning and “My Last Duchess”
- Listen to this symphonic poem by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. This is seriously one of my favorite symphonies, because it isn’t just about the music. During this time period, music was connected to a story or images. You remember this with the Erlkonig. Smetana’s “Moldeau” is a beautiful scene from a river boat cruise. The sounds of the music reflect the images and scenes in the poem. Listeners who would be familiar with the concept would be able to close their eyes and picture the scenes in their head as the song progresses. I was so happy when Dustin took me to see this symphony at the LA Philharmonic a few years ago. It was overwhelming. Have you ever been to the symphony? To be surrounded by sound and perfection and beauty . . . you must go!!! Here is a description of the scenes for “The Moldau.”
“The movement starts with light, rippling figures that represent the emergence of the Moldau River as two mountain springs, one warm and one cold. Water from the springs then combines to become a mighty river, symbolized by a thickly orchestrated, stately theme that recurs periodically throughout the remainder of the work.
Farther downstream, the river passes jubilant hunters, portrayed by a horn melody, and then passes a village wedding, signaled by a passage in polka rhythm.
The river then enters a gorge where, according to legend, water nymphs—suggested by serene and mysterious melodies—come out to bathe in the moonlight.
With the morning light, the main river theme returns, though it soon breaks into tumultuous dissonance as the river enters the St. John’s Rapids.
Beyond the white water, the river reaches Prague, where to grand arpeggios of a regal hymn, it flows past the castle Vyšehrad, once the seat of power for Bohemian kings.
After fading to a trickle, the piece—and the journey—comes to an unambiguous close with a loud two-chord cadence.” (Britannica.com)
This song is very patriotic, as it demonstrates Smetana’s love for his country. Now go ahead and listen to it and see if you can tell the match each scene to the transitions of the symphony. Leave a comment below, letting me know what you think!
Wednesday–Robert Browning and Impressionist Art
- Re-read “Porphyria’s Lover”
- Copy these Bible verses into your homework questions–Psalm 47:6-8, Psalm 10:10-12, Isaiah 29:15, and Ezekiel 9:9. How do these verses answer the last line of the poem?
- Watch this video:
- Impressionist Art–One of the most important types of paintings during the Victorian Period is Impressionism. Have you ever seen one of these paintings in the museum? Sometimes these paintings look so soft and beautiful from far away, and then you get up real close and all you see is a random pattern of colored dots. They picture only makes sense when you step back and get perspective. If you look too closely, things get distorted. I posted a bunch of famous paintings all over this page. Make sure you take the time to really LOOK at them. Leave a comment letting me know which one is your favorite and why.
- Listen–Yesterday we listened to “The Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana. Today I want you to listen to “Claire De Lune” by Claude Debussy. You have heard this song before in movies and stuff. But maybe you didn’t know it was came from the Victorian age, and it was based on a French poem by the same name. Here is the poem:
|Votre âme est un paysage choisi
Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques
Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi
Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur
L’amour vainqueur et la vie opportune
Ils n’ont pas l’air de croire à leur bonheur
Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune,Au calme clair de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rêver les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d’extase les jets d’eau,
Les grands jets d’eau sveltes parmi les marbres.
|Your soul is a chosen landscape
Where charming masqueraders and bergamaskers go
Playing the lute and dancing and almost
Sad beneath their fanciful disguises.All sing in a minor key
Of victorious love and the opportune life,
They do not seem to believe in their happiness
And their song mingles with the moonlight,With the still moonlight, sad and beautiful,
That sets the birds dreaming in the trees
And the fountains sobbing in ecstasy,
The tall slender fountains among marble statues.
I want you to get comfortable to listen to this song.
And be patient with it, let it develop on it’s own for you.
- Answer the questions after the poems 🙂
- Read–“Robert Browning at Downton Abbey?”
- Read–“This Is The Future Husband Checklist That Every Young Girl Should Read“–This is for girls and boys. Boys, BE THIS for somebody, be a hero for your future wife and family. Girls, you deserve full love and respect and care and protection and acts of kindness. Let us value these things, because “hotness” goes away. All the old guys you see waiting at the pharmacy, used to be hot veterans. Look for who someone really is on the inside. Boys and girls, fall in love with a person’s character and passion for Christ (and someone you would like to kiss on the cheek). Agape>Eros.
- In the comments below tell me how you would feel falling in love with a poet who could write poems like “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover.” Would you understand that they are just fun explorations of insane individuals? Or, somewhere in the back of your head would you wonder, is this person safe? LOL. Also, let me know which poem you liked the best this week.
- Listen–Here is a very old, very precious recording of Robert Browning reading his poetry on the newest technology of the time, Edison’s cylinder. This is one of the most important historical recordings of all time.