Felicia Hemans (1793-1835)
Things to Consider:
- Relation to Byron
- Figure of the Female/Artist
- Suicide and Honor
- History of Greece and Orientalism
- Images of the American Indian
"The Bride of the Greek Isle" (1828)
- 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.
(pge #s refer to the pdf)
- What does "Eudora" mean? (see fn 4, pge. 346)
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)
- 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"
- 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).