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  1. Dec 2015
    1. because the powers of the latter were chimerical


      existing only as the product of an unchecked imagination

    2. led to my predilection for that science

      Natural philosophy led to his attraction towards the field of science

    3. still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.


      of or relating to things that are though to exist but cannot be seen

    4. There was a show of gratitude and worship in his attachment to my mother, differing wholly from the doting fondness of age, for it was inspired by reverence for her virtues and a desire to be the means of, in some degree, recompensing her for the sorrows she had endured, but which gave inexpressible grace to his behaviour to her.

      This statement expresses how unlike Victor is from his parents. His father loved Victor's mother very much, and he expressed his love for her. Victor's father never minded of the age difference between him and his wife. Victor's father loved his wife so much to compensate for all of the hard times she went through with her father, and all of the sorrow she endured. Victor, on the other hand, did not do this with The Creature. The Creature experienced much sorrow, because no one wanted to give him company. Victor, The Creature's own creator, did not love him to compensate for all of the hard times he endured. This shows that Victor did not learn much from his parents.

  2. Nov 2015
    1. natural philosophy

      Natural philosophy is the study of Earthly things, why they work they way they do, and their physical qualities.

    2. Sir Isaac Newton

      Isaac Newton (b. 1643, d.1727)

      Famous physicist and mathematician who is known for his work and discoveries in the fields of optics, gravity/motion, and mathematics. One of the minds that participated in the Scientific Revolution in the 1700s.

    3. Albertus Magnus

      Saint Albertus Magnus (b. 1200, d. 1280)

      The only scholar during his age to be given the title "The Great". He was a scholar and philosopher that was considered the saint of all who explored within the natural sciences and philosophy.

    4. Paracelsus

      Paracelsus (b. 1493, d. 1541)

      German-Swizz physician that is known for his role in the creation of chemistry within the field of medicine and known for being an alchemist.

    5. In this house I chanced to find a volume of the works of Cornelius Agrippa. I opened it with apathy; the theory which he attempts to demonstrate and the wonderful facts which he relates soon changed this feeling into enthusiasm.

      Cornelius Agrippa (b. 1486, d. 1535)

      Acknowledged as an expert on occultism (belief in the use of supernatural forces/beings). Also acknowledged for his experimentation as an alchemist.

    1. Chapters 1-3: Victor's family, upbringing, early education. (How did this change in later editions of the text?)

      Brittany Timothy

  3. Oct 2015
    1.  The ice did split with a thunder-fit;   The helmsman steer'd us through!

      The men on the ship believed that the Albatross is the reason that the ice broke and allowed the ship to sail on. In reality, the Albatross did not do this. However, sailors were known for their superstitions, and before the Albatross they were stuck, and when the Albatross came, they were saved. They believed this bird was a sacred bird, for without the bird they would not have gotten through the ice.

    2. And cursed me with his eye

      The "eye" is referenced MANY times in this poem. The entire time I have been trying to figure out the importance of the eye, and why Coleridge is expressing the eye so much within this poem. However, this line in the poem is the line which I am able to make a connection as to why the eye is so significant. Throughout history in artwork, the eyes of people were always drawn large or drawn in a way in which they stand out. This is because it is believe that the eyes are the window to the soul within. So perhaps Coleridge is referencing the eye so much to tell us that the Mariner's story is coming from his soul (whether it is true or not) and he is looking into the Wedding Guest's eyes to tell his story from his soul to another soul. In this particular line, the Mariner is cursed with an eye; This is most likely because the Mariner's eye is the direct passageway to his soul.

    3. "The game is done! I've won! I've won!"   Quoth she, and whistles thrice.

      The Woman is referring to gambling, but never says exactly what she was gambling on, and what she won. Perhaps she was gambling on the lives of the crew on the Mariner's ship. The Woman one, so she gets to have the Mariner, and Death gets all of the other men aboard the ship.

    4. Water, water, everywhere,   And all the boards did shrink; 120  Water, water, everywhere,   Nor any drop to drink

      In lines 60-65, the same pattern is said. "The ice was here, the ice was there, the ice was all around: It crack'd and growl'd, and roar'd and howl'd, Like noises in a swound!" In those lines, the Albatross then comes and breaks the ice and rescues the Ancient Mariner and his fellow sailors. However, in lines 119-122, there is water everywhere, and the Albatross is now coming again, but this time in spirit and with revenge. This is when the tale starts to speak of supernatural things, and this is when the sailor's superstitions tell them that something bad is going to happen.

    5. Platonic Constantinopolitan, Michael Psellus

      Michael Psellus is known as the "Platonic Constantinopolitan." He was a Constantinople native who was a great advocate of Platonic philosophy. Platonic philosophy is the philosophy of unknown and abstract objects. In Platonic philosophy, the common belief is that these abstract objects exist, or "live" in a different dimension or realm. This is most likely a reference to the sailor's superstition of the "death-fires" that are foreshadowing bad events to come. Possibly, the Albatross is the spirit that is following the sailors and is bringing back luck upon the sailors.

      Works Cited "Michael Psellus." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 04 Oct. 2015.

  4. Sep 2015
    1. And to the deaf sea pour thy frantic cries?

      In this line, Robert Southey is describing The Middle Passage, which is the passage on a ship that European white men conducted that brought Africans from Africa to other areas of the world to be sold as slaves. This voyage was a difficult one for the Africans. The conditions were filthy and dangerous for the Africans. They were squeezed into very small spaces in the ships and were "packed tight." This specific line in the poem refers to the ocean (which is usually associated with peacefulness and quietness) and how while on the voyage, the soon-to-be slaves would let out cries of pain, terror, and sadness. The slaves were not aware of what their lives would soon become. The following pictures visualizes the horror of the slaves who were jam packed into small spaces on the ships: http://www.tablespace.net/prints/dedicated/lowres/HumanCargo.jpg

      Works Cited "The Middle Passage." Recovered Histories. Anti- Slavery, n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.

    1. The desarts of creation, wide and wild ; Where embryo systems and unkindled suns Sleep in the womb of chaos; fancy droops

      During this whole poem, Barbauld is referencing many different divinities from many different cultures as well as many different references to the solar system. In this particular part of the poem, Barbauld is talking about an embryo system and unkindled suns. She is referencing to stars that have not been born yet within the solar system. When thinking about that, she can then think about how there may be an embryo God within herself that has not been born yet. She has a divine, unborn spirit inside of her that she hasn't found yet. However, once she enters these types of thoughts, she forces herself to take a step back. She has realized that her meditation has possibly gone too far. God is divine, and we maybe shouldn't be thinking about such divine figures within ourselves.

    2. DIAN's bright crescent

      This actually refers to Diana's crescent. Diana is the goddess of the moon, hunt, and childbirth. This reference is from Roman mythology. One of the many types of mythological figures from many countries that are referred to in this poem!