Learning check

1. Memory

No study aids.

Insert the missing words:

The ________________________________________________________ green

The ________________________________________________________ bells ring

the bells´_________________________________________________ sound

Old John with ________________________________________________________ hair/

Does ________________________________________________________ away care;

the ________________________________________________________ green (not the same word as in

the first example)


Wider contexts

2. Written assignment: compare this poem and William Blake, “The Garden of Love”

I went to the Garden of Love, 
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.

And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And "Thou shalt not," writ over the door;
So I turn’d to the Garden of Love,
That so many sweet flowers bore,

And I saw it was filled with graves,
And tomb-stones where flowers should be:
And Priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
And binding with briars my joys & desires.     

Songs of Experience 1794       

midst midte
Thou shalt not = you must not most of the ten commandments start this way
writ written
bear have
tomb-stone [tu:m] gravsten
gown præstekjole
round runde
briar vild rosenbusk; the rosary, which is a string of beads used by some Catholics for                     counting prayers, is made of briar. 

a) What is the setting?

b) In what ways has the green changed?

c) What does the speaker notice about the Chapel?

d)     What is the significance of the colour of the priests’ gowns?

e)      What are the priests compared to?

f)       What do they control?

g)      What is the effect of the change in rhythm from trimeter (three feet) to tetrameter (four feet) in the last two lines?

h)      What does religion become a symbol of?  

Written assignment: Compare “The Ecchoing Green” and “The Garden of Love” focusing on atmosphere and the relationship between man and nature.

When you compare “The Ecchoing Green” and “The Garden of Love”, the following words may be of help:  condemnation   corruption    cruelty    darkness   death   desire  exclusion   freedom   imagination  hypocrisy  joy law   light   love    misery    natural instincts  order  play   prohibitions  repression  restrictions  sin