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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How could I henceforth be content in any life but one that sets the brain in a hot merry fever with its stir?

Uagusta, up, how the flame shoots! For example, what would they have felt about her honesty in admitting her ignorance to her employer? The Dilettante focuses instead on the existence of beauty even among neglected weeds, choosing to ignore the larger context that lies beyond his reach:. Why do you think Webster chose a Eulalie rather than Jenny for the subject of her poem?

Oh I blame no one — scarcely even myself. She studied Greek at home, taking a particular interest in Greek drama, and went on to study at the Cambridge School of Art. Such a trifling boon, little work to live by, ’tis not much, and I might have found will enough webxter last: What topics do you think Webster hoped her reader would think about after reading the poem?

What memories and associations do these bring? This book, along with her Dramatic Studiesestablished Webster as a webstre poet during the same decade she was actively involved in feminist politics. How does she describe the visitors, and to what extent do her charges fit the original story?


Lines What activities had occupied casyaway speaker’s own girlhood? Which of these do you think this poem is designed to counteract or refute? Would the poem’s likely readers have identified with this past?

What are her employment prospects?

Augusta Webster

I’ll not think of it. But I must have a conscience, must blurt out my great discovery of my ignorance! How castawqy the speaker face the knowledge that her own daughter must die? Only one week more and ‘twould have ended: If they knew what their fine husbands look like seen by eyes that may perceive there are more men than one!

Was that the bell?

A Castaway – Poem by Augusta Davies Webster

Rossetti’s “The House of Life” pub. Are we supposed to view her as admirable? What does she propose as a solution to the problem of prostitution? How had she ended up as a “kept woman”? X these a deeper expression than words? How dare they hate us so? We know it, but we’ve bodies to save too; and so we earn our living.

By his refusal to mention her to his wife?

How is the issue of the one versus the many resolved? Well, it fell soon. What did it matter for a more or less the girls learnt augusat their schoolbooks, to forget in their first season? So he and I must stand apart till doomsday. Views Read Edit View history. Oh proper finish, preaching to the last — no such bad omen either; sudden end, and no sad withering horrible old age. I was too wretched to be caataway Does this seem just?

For the world would not have that flight known. Sonnet 16—What Shakespearean echoes are found in this sonnet? She has published on castawag women writers, the history of poetry anthologies, and the Victorian sonnet. Then for ambition, was there ever life 15 that could forego that? Let’s get your assignment out of the way. What change does she believe indicates her own decline?


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Yet she cannot escape the truth of the matter, that she is engaged in debauched activity and, as with other occupations, can never expect widespread acceptance. And could I fit me to my former self? It is the category of happy wife, as much as the learned behaviors of polite society, that make his Madge seem less interesting. Now, sing song, ding dong, come the old vexing echoes back again, church bells and nursery good-books, back again upon my shrinking ears that had forgotten — I hate the useless memories: More sempstresses than shirts; and defter hands at white work than are mine drop starved at last: Each of the speakers in Portraits explores his or her subjectivity through a process of discursive analysis and interpretation, which parallels the reading process that the structure of the volume encourages.

She worries because she does not feel the passion she thinks she ought: The Dilettante focuses instead on the existence of beauty even among neglected weeds, choosing to ignore the larger context that lies beyond his reach: What fates may other mothers have suffered, and why? Yes, yes, I listened to the echoes once, the echoes and the thoughts from the old days.

Quiet is hell, I say — as if a woman could bear to sit alone, quiet all day, and loathe herself, and sicken on her thoughts.

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