Lyrics in "Malcolm's Katie"
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This paper discusses how the lyrics expand the meaning of this long narrative poem with its romance superstructure; the usual account of conflict between two suitors is transformed in a profound philosophical, social and ideological analysis. The paper further shows how written in the style of Tennyson, the lyrics act as links between the main narrative sections, they predict future action, they expand the meaning of the narrative and they set the mood and tone of the overall poem.
From the Paper:"In Part I, the narrative consists of a dialogue between Kate and Max, which is suddenly transformed into something much deeper at line 17: "look down amid the globes/ Of these large lilies that our light canoe/ Divides, and see within the polish'd pool" (Crawford 3). The references in this separate portion of the main poem to the biblical "Song of Songs", in both images and cadence, are numerous. They include the allusions to lilies, 'cleave into a rock', 'ruddy leaves' and, above all, "My core was crimson and my perfume sweet; I did not know how choice a thing I am" (3). Lines 63-64, "His flocks have golden fleeces, and his herds/ Have monarchs worshipful" are also just slightly altered from the "Song of Songs". The lyric, which connects the first main part with the second, begins: "O, light canoe, where dost thou glide?/ Below thee gleams no silver'd tide" (6). Blake's influence is apparent here."
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