Noah’s Flood play
As I began to read the play, I noticed the structure of the play. Each stanza was made of eight lines wherein the first three lines rhymed with the 5th through 7th lines whilst the 4th and 8th lines had a different rhyme scheme. The latter rhyme scheme was generally shorter than the other rhyme scheme but that varied throughout the play. It is not iambic pentameter but portions of the stanzas have an iambic ring to them. The content of the play was quite interesting; it had a logical flow to it and followed the Bible very well until line 99. First of all, Noah and his wife would have had no knowledge of the name of Christ since there was no prophecy of his name till Isaiah. Furthermore, I felt the author took some liberties with the story making Noah’s wife stay behind. I believe he had Noah’s story and the story of Lot’s wife mixed up. Despite the liberties and obvious medieval Christian thread this play is very well done.
From Morte Darthur
Malory’s beginning of this episode is quite ironic within the context of the remainder of the story. When one thinks of May and the eve of summer, one could relate it to the summer or golden age of a king’s reign and use it to describe the start of the blossoming of courtly love. Malory uses it to describe the latter situation but the former is ironic since it is during the month of May that Arthur’s sunny reign comes to an end. As I read the story of Lancelot’s protection of Guinevere in her chamber, I could not help but think of the descriptions of Beowulf’s strength and heroic deeds or even of Roland in his war against the Moors. The descriptions are quite similar and make him look superhuman and larger than life. Would that they made a similar description or glorification of Sir Gawain, my favorite of Arthur’s knights and by far the most virtuous.