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A Room with a View
by E.M. Forster
Analysis: Allusions When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology Baedeker’s (first in 1.37, it continues to play an important role throughout the novel) Handbook to Northern Italy John Ruskin (2.23) Niccolò Machiavelli (2.23) A.E. Housman, (2.45, 12.4) A Shropshire Lad Greek myth: Phaeton (6.1) Greek myth: Greek myth: Persephone (6.1) Angelo Poliziano, “Ben Venga Maggio” (6.19; misattributed by Mr. Emerson to Lorenzo di Medici, the poet’s patron) Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Adonais” (8.1; quoted but not attributed – “Life like a dome of many-coloured glass”) Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Come Down, O Maid,” from (9.16) The Princess Lord Byron (12.4) Samuel Butler, (12.4) The Way of All Flesh Edward Gibbon (12.4) Arthur Schopenhauer (12.4) Friedrich Nietzsche (12.4) Henry David Thoreau (12.5) Sir Walter Scott, “Look Thou Not On Beauty’s Charming” from (18.37) The Bride of Lammermoor Samuel Butler, (19.41 – the line “Life is like a public performance on the violin…” that Mr. Emerson quotes) Further Extracts from the Notebooks of Samuel Butler Art References Giotto, frescos (2.22; continues through Ch.2) Giotto, “Ascension of St. John” (2.33, 4.5) Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel (2.39) Della Robbia (2.40, 4.5) Sandro Botticelli, “Birth of Venus” (4.5) Giorgione, “Tempèsta,” “Idolino” (4.5) Fra Angelico, “Coronation” (4.5) Guido Reni (4.5) Alessio Baldovinetti (5.17; 6.9; 6.20) Leonardo da Vinci (8.22; often referenced by Cecil) Phidias, Frieze at the Phidias, Frieze at the Parthenon (18.8) Musical References
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