A Formalistic Analysis of The Fatal Sisters

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A Formalistic Analysis of The Fatal Sisters In “The Fatal Sisters” Thomas Gray has created a monologue pregnant with references to history, geography, and mythology. These reappearing references and allusions enrich the text, as they allow a closer look at the political situation surrounding eleventh century Britain. The poems’ sixteen stanzas exhibit an ABAB rhyme scheme, which provides for systematic organization and positive aesthetic effects. Closer examination of the setting, tone, and imagery of the poem permits insight into the text’s content and artistic genius. The setting for “The Fatal Sisters” is an eleventh century, war-ridden Ireland. The nation’s fate appears to rest upon the shoulders of a few bloodthirsty monarchs who are entangled in a never-ending conflict. Their massive armies wage battle after battle and therefore tint Britain’s outlook upon society and its future. It is at such a troublesome time that twelve mysterious women are observed to “weave the web of war” and in such a way create the future of their nation. This very day is ironically...

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