EWC 4U0/E Name: Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was one of the prominent writers of the early twentieth century. Her novels and essays focused prominently on women’s experience. Woolf often employed stream of consciousness technique in her writing. Some of her famous works include Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and Orlando. She had a very traumatic adolescent life due to the death of her mother, step-sister, father and favourite brother; she suffered from mental illness for the rest of her life. The following is an excerpt from Mrs. Dalloway: Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. For Lucy had her work cut out for her. The doors would be taken off their hinges; Rumplemayer’s men were coming. And then, though Clarissa Dalloway, what a morning—fresh as if issued to children on a beach. What a lark! What a plunge! For so it had always seemed to her when, with a little squeak of the hinges, which she could hear now, she had burst open the French windows and plunged at Bourton into the open air. How fresh, how calm, stiller than this of course, the air was in the early morning; like the flap of a wave; the kiss of a wave; chill and sharp and yet (for a girl of eighteen as she then was) solemn, feeling as she did, standing there at the open window, that something awful was about to happen; looking at the flowers, at the trees with the smoke winding off them and the rooks rising, falling; standing and looking until Peter Walsh said, ‘Musing among the vegetables?’- was tha tit? – ‘I prefer men to cauliflowers’-ws that it? 1. Examine Woolf’s choice of diction. Does she use monosyllabic or polysyllabic words? What effect does her choice have on the reader? 2. Count the number of words in a Woolf sentence. How many words in the shortest sentence? in the longest? What is the average number of words in a Woolf sentence? 3. Examine the structure of Woolf’s sentences and her use of punctuation? What type of rhythm does her prose have? Why might this rhythm be appropriate or inappropriate? 4. Rewrite the above or part of the above excerpt as Edgar Allan Poe would have written it.