Recovering the Hellenic Past in 2073

In Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, pages 109-117 in volume I, chapter 8, Lord Raymond, republican England’s new Lord Protectorate, discovers that the artist commissioned to draw new plans for the first “national gallery” is his past neglected lover, Oriental Greek Princess Evadne Zaimi.  Explain her symbolic significance by this point in the narrative.  Is she similar to or different from the other mythic female figures featured in the romantic poems we’ve studied thus far: Coleridge’s Abyssinian maid, Blake’s Enitharmon, Keat’s Moneta, or Shelley’s Asia?  Focus on only one of these figures in your selective close reading of pages 109-117.

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~ by hgarcia13 on November 5, 2012.

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