Day 3

Lord Byron's Poems Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    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)

    And

    Lone – as the corse within its shroud,

    Lone - as a solitary cloud (Stanza 10)

    In stanza 13, when...

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