What is the psychological portrait Byron constructs of Bonivard's imprisonment?
Students should hone in on specific linguistic decisions which contribute to a portrait of Bonivard's psychological state. For instance, repeated words and caesuras appear frequently, the latter contributing to a stream of consciousness effect. In addition to frequently using words like "free" and "dead/died," Byron subtly breaks meter to emphasize "I" and "Lone" in the following passages:
I only stirr'd in this black spot
I only lived – I only drew
The accursed breath of dungeon dew (Stanza 8)
Lone – as the corse within its shroud,
Lone - as a solitary cloud (Stanza 10)
In stanza 13, when...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 810 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 5997 literature essays, 1693 sample college application essays, 237 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.