E212-M Mary Robinson Questions

Assigned: "To the Poet Coleridge" (98-99) and "The Haunted Beach" (96-97).

"The Haunted Beach"

1. What is the story or plot of this short poem, in simple terms — what happened, and to whom?

2. How does the speaker's description of the seascape reinforce the dreadfulness of the crime that has been committed?

"To the Poet Coleridge"

3. Please read this poem right after you read Coleridge's "Kubla Khan." What does the speaker feel emboldened to do because of "Kubla Khan," and how does she turn the subject of Coleridge's poem into an exploration of his genius?

Edition: Abrams, M. H. et al. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vols. 2A-C. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN 2A = 0393975681, 2B = 039397569X, 2C = 0393975703.