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Lesbia A Voice From The Unheard, Jullisa Webb Jun 2016

Lesbia A Voice From The Unheard, Jullisa Webb

Honors Theses

This compositional thesis examines and utilizes the works of the infamous Latin poet Catullus in his advances to gain the amours of his mysterious love figure named Lesbia. In an attempt to try and deviate from normal social standards, this thesis gives a woman a voice, power, and supremacy against a man by rejecting his advances, not typical in the era of Catullus. Lesbia takes on the form of female embodiment of power, strength, and defiance. First I translated in a literal way the poems Catullus wrote to Lesbia. Then I transformed and altered Catullus’ poetry into letters with a ...


The Fisherman By Anonymous, Luke J. Chambers Dec 2014

The Fisherman By Anonymous, Luke J. Chambers

Transference

Translated from the Old French with commentary by Luke Chambers.


Phantastes Chapter 5: Romance Of Sir Launfal, Thomas Chestre Jan 1960

Phantastes Chapter 5: Romance Of Sir Launfal, Thomas Chestre

German Romantic and Other Influences

A medieval poem of 1045 lines telling of a knight who loses status and wealth and who meets a beautiful woman who gives him love and wealth as long as he keeps her existence a secret. The motif of the lover’s prohibition appears in several medieval texts, and MacDonald makes use of this motif in this chapter.


Arxo, Frederick W. Ness Jan 1933

Arxo, Frederick W. Ness

The Hornbook

"Arxo" is a poem by Frederick W. Ness from The Hornbook, a literary magazine published by the Belles Lettres Society at Dickinson College between 1932 and 1962. Ness is a member of the Dickinson College Class of 1933.


Phantastes Chapter 6: The Demon Lady, William Motherwell Jan 1930

Phantastes Chapter 6: The Demon Lady, William Motherwell

German Romantic and Other Influences

From the poem “The Demon Lady” (1830), first published in The Edinburgh Literary Journal. William Motherwell (1797-1835) was a Scottish journalist and poet, as well as a collector of local Scottish ballads.


Phantastes Chapter 5: Pygmalion, Thomas Lovell Beddoes Jan 1912

Phantastes Chapter 5: Pygmalion, Thomas Lovell Beddoes

German Romantic and Other Influences

Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849) was a Romantic poet intensely focused on death. His poem “Pygmalion” (1825) recounts the myth of the Cypriot sculptor who fell in love with the statue he carved. In this chapter, MacDonald echoes this myth.


Phantastes Chapter 12: A Threefold Cord, Unknown Dec 1882

Phantastes Chapter 12: A Threefold Cord, Unknown

German Romantic and Other Influences

This poem appears in MacDonald’s A Threefold Cord (1883), where MacDonald is credited as contributor and editor. In this volume, individual authors are not credited. While some have thought that this passage is by MacDonald himself, Nick Page persuasively argues that the poem should be attributed to MacDonald’s friend Greville Ewing Matheson. See Page, Phantastes: Special Annotated Edition (Paternoster, 2008)


Phantastes Chapter 1: Alastor; Or, The Spirit Of Solitude, Percy Bysshe Shelley Dec 1815

Phantastes Chapter 1: Alastor; Or, The Spirit Of Solitude, Percy Bysshe Shelley

German Romantic and Other Influences

A quest poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) published in 1816. The full title is “Alastor: or, the Spirit of Solitude.” MacDonald quotes lines 484-488 in which the Poet encounters his soulmate. Shelley’s poem is a major influence on Phantastes, and Shelley’s Preface to “Alastor” offers a nice gloss on MacDonald’s fantasy. “The poem entitled ‘Alastor’ may be considered as allegorical of one of the most interesting situations of the human mind. It represents a youth of uncorrupted feelings and adventurous genius led forth by an imagination inflamed and purified through familiarity with all that is excellent ...


Phantastes Chapter 9: Dejection: An Ode, Samuel Taylor Coleridge Jan 1802

Phantastes Chapter 9: Dejection: An Ode, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

German Romantic and Other Influences

From Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Dejection: An Ode" (lines 47-49 and 53-58). Coleridge published the poem in 1802.


Phantastes Chapter 2: Heinrich Von Ofterdingen, Georg Philipp Friedrich Dec 1801

Phantastes Chapter 2: Heinrich Von Ofterdingen, Georg Philipp Friedrich

German Romantic and Other Influences

Novalis is Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (1772-1801). A German writer who helped define German Romanticism, he was a key influence on MacDonald. Heinrich von Ofterdingen (1802) is a fantastical romance that concerns a young poet in search of love, who has dream visions. A central symbol in the work is a blue flower, which has become an icon for German Romanticism.