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Module Three: Texts in Context

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
Three Victorian Poets (Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Context: two extracts from Arcadia, examine how they fit into the surrounding action and what they reveal of the characters and themes, and how the extracts relate to one another.

[Extract 1
Thomasina "But instead, the Egyptian noodle made carnal embrace...
... Septimus: Steam and brass were not invented in Glasgow.]
[Extract 2:
Hannah: It's all trivial - your grouse, my hermit, Bernard's Byron... ...Better to struggle on knowing failure is final.]

Discuss the significance of Lord Byron in Arcadia.

Arcadia: Does scene one prepare the audience for the rest of the play?

Compare and contrast the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning with that of Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Compare and contrast the work of Browning with that of Tennyson in any ways that you think appropriate.

"Browning's great poem of marital tragedy." Elucidate this view of Andrea del Sarto.


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