Explain how, according to the editors, Hemans fits within
the cult of domesticity: In other words, in her poetry, does
Hemans subscribe to or critique/rebel against traditional
gender roles/attitudes of her time? Explain.
"The Bride of the Greek Isle" (1828) (pge #s refer to the handout) 341:
What does "Eudora" mean? (see fn 4, pge. 346)
Why might this meaning be significant in the poem?
Why does Eudora cry when she remembers her childhood?
Explain: "A changeful thing / Is the human heart,
as a mountain spring" (77-78).
Why has Eudora set the ship on fire?
Why does she allow herself to die in the fire?
"Properzia Rossi" (1828) 890:
What exactly is this poem about?
Explain the speaker's motivation in lines 9-13.
Why has Rossi chosen Ariadne as the subject of her last
piece? What parallels exist between her story and Rossi's?
Why does Rossi consider fame "worthless" (85)? Does
Hemans agree? Explain.
Other Discussion Questions:
"The Bride of the Greek Isle" 343:
Why have the pirates invaded the wedding celebration?
Can any autobiographical connections be drawn to this
Explain the epigraph.
Explain lines 37-41.
Explain: "Yet all the vision that within me
wrought, / I cannot make thee!" (61-62).