Things that are important to me.

I am thy father’s spirit,   

Doomed for a certain term to walk the night,

And for the day confined to fast fires,

Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature

Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid

To tell the secrets of my prison house


I could a tale unfold whose lightest word

Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,

Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres,

Thy knotted and combinéd locks to part

And each particular hair to stand an end 

Like quills among fretful porpentine.

But this eternal blazon must not be

To ears of flesh and blood. List, list, oh list!

If thou didst ever thy dear father love

These Power LInes have enhanced my understanding of and transformed my attitude toward Hamlet in several ways. My understanding of of the play has been enhanced because I've been able to focus on a select few lines, uncover the real meaning behind the 16th century writing. The common inverted structure of the writing prohibits me from initially understanding the lines when I first read them, so breaking down and inspecting a few short lines gives me a more powerful understanding of how to systematically interpret sentence structures to better comprehend the novel as a whole. As far as my attitude toward the play is concerned, I transformed my reaction toward the Ghost after reading and understanding my lines. The Ghost gives a firsthand account of what he's experienced after dying, and it gives a more humanlike character to the spirit that I didn't originally notice.

Frankenstein commonplace note:

The bottom of page 30 in Frankenstein leads me to an important discovery. I noticed the footnote that refers me to page 202 to see the new text from 1831. It adds an entire new paragraph in the middle of the page. One important quote that I got from it was on pg 202. 

    "So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein, --more, far more, will I       achieve: treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mystery of creation."

I think this new paragraph reveals a deeper meaning to Victor's pursuit. It shows just how obsessed he is, but most importantly, how stubbornly driven he is to pursue his goal of creating life through re-animation. 

(If included in the regular text, this would be the first mention of Frankenstein in the novel)

Coleridge common-place note:

I can't write out all of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, but I want to point out the connection I see between the Mariner and Victor Frankenstein. Just as the Mariner is cursed from killing the Albatross, Victor is cursed from creating the monster. The Mariner is left to watch his crew die, while Victor is forced to watch the world around him crumble because of what he created. I think the parallels between the two are remarkable and worth noting.

Also, Shelley references the Rime of the Ancient Mariner several times throughout the novel and I wonder what connection Coleridge had with Shelley. They were contemporaries and it would be interesting to know if they communicated with each other in any way.

William Blake Commonplace note:

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree. 

William Blake

After doing the project where we had to act out this entire poem, I gained a new perspective. As I read it over and over again, I realized there was a reference to the story of Adam and Eve. When Adam eats the apple from the tree, he is cursed and sent out of the Garden of Eden. When "the foe" eats the apple, he dies. I thought this was interesting that Blake drew parallels between Adam and "the foe." I think it is interesting how Blake associates someone's enemy with a Biblical character, but I don't know what to think of it.  

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