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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Could I stay there to die of some mad death? Sonnet What metaphors are used to describe the love of lovers for one another, castawsy of the mother for child? We did well together: In refusing her former lover’s offer of money? What would a Victorian reader have felt about this emotion?

Yet the baby thing that woke and wailed an hour or two, and then was dead, castasay mine, and had he lived.

Augusta Webster

What are some traditional poetic models which may have influenced Webster? The speaker strongly criticizes his society, yet recognizes that he is still its product: What are some instances in which it conveys the turns of her emotions and thoughts?

But, if they can, let them just take the pains to keep them: It was to be: I’ll not think of it. What does she believe is the inevitable lot of women? Is she correct that the man who arrives on the island able to resist her drugs will bring her happiness? Some ways can be trodden back, but never our way, we who one wild day have given goodbye to what in our deep hearts the lowest woman still holds best in life, good name — good name though given by the world that mouths and garbles with its decent prate, and wraps it in respectable grave shams, and patches conscience partly by the rule of what one’s neighbour thinks but something more by what his eyes are sharp augustta to see.


A Castaway

In particular, what expressions or themes evoke Shakespeare? No matter; half a loaf is better than no bread. This view reflects the social proscription of her trade, an attitude which is aygusta in most societies.

By bracketing her volume with the historical poems, Webster implicitly suggests that the lives of ordinary modern individuals are as full of drama and interest as those in legend or literature. The Doubter feels excluded and ignored by the author he hoped would be his teacher:. What conditions had been offered the penitents? Does she feel there is any hope in her situation, and why? Is the audience expected to agree with all of her points, and if not, which would they have seen as most convincing?

What seem elements of her character? What irony is suggested by the choice of the name Clement? And where’s their profit of those prison years all gone to make them wise in lesson books? Sonnet What thoughts are suggested to the speaker by her daugther’s preference for her mother’s voice? This book of poems asks the reader continually to reinterpret the significance of the characters represented within its pages.


I lost my richest friend, and that was all the difference.

Florence Boos: Study Questions, Augusta Webster, “A Castaway”

How dare they hate us so? Biographical note Natalie M. No, let me, like a bird bred in the cage, that, singing its own self to gladness there, makes some who hear it gladder, take castaay part I have been born to, and make joy of it. How does the speaker face the knowledge that her own daughter must die?

What effect do they have on her? Will no one come? What had she done in order to castwway to return to the respectable world, and why has this effort failed?

Irony prevails in many lines of her dramatic justification. Ah the sweet nursery logic! What are her employment prospects? What memories and associations do these bring?

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