Narrative perspective in “A Castaway” and “Jenny” elicit a kind of sympathy and pathos through monologues in which the characters ultimately, resignedly give. Human Tigresses, Fractious An- gels, and Nursery Saints: Augusta. Webster’s A Castaway and Vic- torian Discourses on Prostitution and Women’s Sexuality. Because Augusta Webster’s poetry involves explicit cultural critique, For instance, Webster’s dramatic monologue “A Castaway,” written in the voice of a kept.

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What emotions does it seem intended to invoke? What change does she believe indicates her own decline? They tried it at the Refuge, and I castawaay Sonnet What metaphors are used to describe the love of lovers for one another, and of the mother for child? Ah yes, and, if it came, who is so strong to strain from the firm ground and lift one out?

What are we supposed to infer about her state of mind? Oh yes, I thought, still new in my insipid treadmill life, my father so late ccastawayand hopeful still here might be something pleasant somewhere in it, some sudden fairy come, caxtaway doubt, to turn any pumpkin to a chariot, I thought then that I might plod, and plod, and drum the sounds of useless facts into unwilling ears, tease children with dull questions half the day, then con dull answers in my room at night ready for next day’s questions, mend quill pens and cut my fingers, add up sums done wrong and never get them right; teach, teach, and teach — what I half knew, or not at all — teach, teach for years, a lifetime — I!

Sonnet What thoughts are suggested to the speaker by her daugther’s preference for her mother’s voice? Why in her view can others not help her? Traitor to them or traitor to the world: What does she believe is the inevitable lot of women? How does she respond to those who accuse her of “choosing” prostitution? Why, if the worthy men who think all’s done if we’ll but come where we can hear them preach, could bring us all, or any half of us, into their fold, teach all us wandering sheep, or only half of us, to stand in rows and baa them hymns and moral songs, good lack, what would they do with us?


Can you see topics of common concern in the poetry of Webster and the Rossettis?

A Castaway

Was that the bell? Neil Fraistat has suggested that to examine the order and organization of poems within a particular volume activates a variety of meaningful contexts, including: The three titles with ajgusta names are also the only poems which explicitly reference a pre-existing story set in the distant historical past.

None but him to claim a bit of bread of if I went, child or no child: I have been an alien son, a dronish servant careful of his ease, to the master-Present [. Is this a topic you have encountered before in poetry? Were there any precedents for such a reclamation? Both poems inevitably consign the prostitutes to an objectified status that precludes the possibility that they, and others, might see them as individuals. Rossetti’s “The Last Auguxta Since the mids she has gained increasing critical attention from scholars such as Isobel ArmstrongAngela Leightonand Christine Sutphin.

Why does solitude especially bother her?

The worse for me: The order of the volume also suggests several pairs of companion poems, a strategy much used by Robert Browning in Dramatic Lyrics and Men and Women Bornstein And I loathe castawwy, the dreadful foul corruption, with who knows what future after it.


How does the daughter respond to the noisy disruption of fireworks? No, why waste struggles, I or any one?

What does she believe might have happened had it lived? His father would not then have let me go: But I went forth with my fine scorn, and whither did it lead?


Augusta Webster – Wikipedia

We did well together: Could I not at least have still let him forget me? We did well together: Are we supposed to view her as admirable? No, not true then. No help, no help, no help. Irony and sarcasm csstaway the only way she can bear the situation and not lose heart and hope.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. How could I henceforth be content in any life but one that sets the brain in a hot merry fever with its stir?

Are there instances in which the sound is varied to follow meaning? Then for ambition, was there ever life that could forego that? I know of worse that are called honourable. As the poem moves along, the speaker defends her decision to engage in prostitution and offers rebuttals for actions that were commonly thrown at these women during this time.

What seem elements of her character? Do some of these carry worrisome connotations? What does the poem’s ending reveal about the speaker’s view of her present life? Or maybe taken me to his home to damn him worse? Some evidence suggests that Webster had a particular design in mind for Portraits.

Is castawy daughter deluded?