Monday, January 31, 2011

Post for Feb 2

Hello All,

Post the name of the article you will be discussing for your Research Summary assignment. Remember that this is a two-page summary and response (around 1 1/2 pages of summary and 1/2 page of response).

You can find these articles either through a scholarly database or through the library's collection.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Post for Jan 31

Hello All,

For this post, choose a song whose lyrics you would classify as poetry, and describe/list the literary devices the songs uses.

For example, one song that I like and that I feel can be classified as poetry is Leonard Cohen's "Anthem." I would classify it as poetry because it uses parallelism and antithesis and a multitude of symbols and metaphors, as in this stanza:

The holy dove
she will be caught again,
bought and sold
and bought again:
the dove is never free.

In addition to these literary devices, I like the song's theme, the idea that our imperfections are what give our lives meaning; it's a paradox: our weakness is our strength.

Post for Jan 28

Hello All,

For this blog, you are going to write one entry for the anthology that is due on the day of the final.

Go to the Academy of American Poets website, and find one poem that you like. Then write a paragraph (4-8 sentences) explaining why you find that poem meaningful: you could discuss its theme, its use of literary devices, or how it relates to something you've experienced. Be sure to give your name in the post as well as the name of the poet and the title of the poem.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Post for the weekend of 1/15-1/17

Hello All,

For this post, read William Blake's "Auguries of Innocence" and then pose a question as if you were writing a list of questions for students to answer regarding this poem. The question could concern a literary device, an image, a turn of phrase, or a theme/idea/meaning.

Again, just pose one question, but make sure that your question is not the same as someone else's (read the previous questions your fellow students have posted, unless you're the first, in which case, good work!).

Friday, January 7, 2011

Post for Monday, Jan 10

Hello All,

As we'll discuss in class on Monday, Anne Sexton uses Transformations to re-tell (or revise) 17 tales from the Brothers Grimm.

For Monday's post, read one of the Grimm Brothers' tales and briefly describe one change Sexton has made in her version of the tale.

Here's a link to the Grimm Brothers' Household Tales, and here's a link to Professor D.L. Ashliman's work on fairy tales and the Grimm Brothers.

If you're curious about Anne Sexton, here's a link to her biography and to some of her other poems.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Post for Friday, Jan. 7

Hello all, and welcome to the course blog!

For this first post, read the Academy of American Poets webpage about winter poems, and choose one poem at the bottom of the page that you find interesting or enjoyable.

In your post, give a brief explanation as to why you like that poem and what you think it says about the human condition; be sure to give your name and the name of the poem/poet.