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THE BUGLE SONG
The splendor falls on castle walls
And snowy summits old in story :
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
O hark, O hear ! how thin and clear,
And thinner, clearer, farther-going!
The horns of Elfland faintly blowing !
O love, they die in yon rich sky,
They faint on hill or field or river :
And grow for ever and for ever.
- ALFRED TENNYSON.
What word indicates the chief thought of the poem? What is the nature background ? Show that there is a progression, in the stanzas, from the real to the ideal. What is the chief emotion? Compare the intensity of the feeling with that expressed in each of the three preceding poems.
Point out the lines of the poem in which you find alliteration; internal rhyme ; assonance of vowel sounds. What is the refrain ? Recite at least three lines in which the movement corresponds with the thought and feeling. In the refrain what is the relation of the word “echoes” to the rest of the sentence ?
CROSSING THE BAR
SUNSET and evening star,
And one clear call for me !
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound or foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark !
When I embark ;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
When I have crost the bar.
- ALFRED TENNYSON.
The student may interpret this poem; commit it to memory; and recite it, as he thinks it ought to be recited.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
PERSONS OF THE PLAY
DUKE OF VENICE.
Old GOBBO, father to Launcelot. PRINCE OF MOROCCO, 1 suitors to SALERIO, a messenger. PRINCE OF ARRAGON, I Portia. LEONARDO, servant to Bassanio. ANTONIO, the Merchant of Venice. BASSANIO, his friend.
servants to Portia. SALANIO, | friends to Antonio and
PORTIA, a rich heiress. SALARINO,
NERISSA, her waiting maid.
JESSICA, daughter to Shylock. LORENZO, in love with Jessica. Magnificoes of Venice, Officers of the SHYLOCK, a Jew.
Court of Justice, Gaoler, Servants, TUBAL, A Jeu, his friend.
and other Attendants. LAUNCELOT GOBBO, a clown. SCENE: Partly at Venice; and partly at Belmont, the seat of Portia, on the
SCENE I. Venice. A Street.
Salarino. Your mind is tossing on the ocean ;
Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea,
Salanio. Believe me, sir, had I such venture forth,
My wind cooling my broth
Should I go to church
Antonio. Believe me, no : I thank my fortune for it, My ventures are not in one bottom trusted,
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Nor to one place ; nor is my whole estate
Salarino. Why, then you are in love.
Then let us say you are sad, Because you are not merry : and 'twere as easy For you to laugh and leap and say you are merry, Because you are not sad. Now, by two-headed Janus, 50 Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time : Some that will evermore peep through their eyes And laugh like parrots at a bagpiper, And other of such vinegar aspect That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile, Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.
Enter BASSANIO, LORENZO, and GRATIANO.
Salanio. Here comes Bassanio, your most noble
kinsman, Gratiano and Lorenzo. Fare
well : We leave you now with better company. Salarino. I would have staid till I had made you 60
Antonio. Your worth is very dear in my regard.
Salarino. Good morrow, my good lords.
You grow exceeding strange : must it be so ?