Topics: Second Paper
English 222
Summer I, 1999

Directions: Choose one of the following topics for your second critical paper which should be 5-7 pages in length. The due date is July 2.

1) Time and its relationship to desire: Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and Tennyson's "Lady of Shalott."

2) The hero's relationship to time: Tennyson's "Ulysses."

3) Swinburne's use of Christian symbolism in "Hymn to Proserpine."

4) Aesthetic Passivity in Pater.

5) Pater and Wordsworth on children and death: "The Child in the House" and the Immortality Ode.

6) "Goblin Market" as an Aestheticist work.

7) "Michael Field" and narcissism.

8) Heart of Darkness as Aestheticist work.

9) Heart of Darkness and the problem of time.

10) Yeats and the problem of the body.

11) Yeats' nationalism: "Easter, 1916" and "Under Ben Bulben"

12) "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and the tradition of "making it new."

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