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Tuesday, October 18

October 18, 2016

SpongeBob: Our two superhero teams divided up and we analyzed the archetypes in each. I thought it went well, overall: remember that everyone is learning how to use these archetypes, so confusion over an archetype could be the result of 1) a layered archetype, 2) an imperfectly-rendered archetype, or just 3) something someone said in the “personal interview” part of this that could have sent you in the wrong direction. Part of learning how to use archetypes is knowing the stuff to NOT use in your character’s backstory. No fictional character is as complete and fully-rounded as a human being — nor, I don’t think, should they be.

We have two more archetypes to add Thursday, and that will complete our list. Tuesday will involve practicing for Thursday’s midterm film — and then, of course, your midterm! More details Thursday.

Critical Reading: Today we discussed the last half of the Foucault reading. Here is a picture of the board:

[I’ll add it as soon as I can]

Your homework for Thursday is to research Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon. Take notes (typed or written; pulling up a website is not enough); these will be checked for points.

Siren: A whole bunch of October stuff, leading up to publication next week. Remember: LAVA reading practice during 2B Thursday.

Style: Today many of you read your animal essays. VERY nice readings today, so thank you. I’m looking forward to reading them all.

The style for this week is poetry by Poe. Love it, hate it, that’s what it is. Take notes for Thursday, as usual.

Reading for Writers: Today you all took quizzes on your respective Salinger books. The rest of the time was spent with the others that read the same book as you, discussing a range of issues pertaining to the books. More of this will happen on Thursday, but in perhaps a different way.

No new homework, but if you didn’t actually do all of the reading, it would be a super idea to catch up!

Survey: Poetry: Today you turned in your metrical poems. Then we quickly ran through stanza lengths (they’re in the book, but not all in one place, like this):

Two-line stanza: couplet

Three-line stanza: tercet

Four-line stanza: quatrain

Five-line stanza: cinquain

Six-line stanza: sestet

Seventh-line stanza: septet

Eight-line stanza: octave

Then we talked about sonnets and the rhyme royal, two types of formal poetry. (By “formal,” we just mean that they have a fixed form — not that they’re “fancy.”) Here is the handout survey-of-forms-formal-poetry-sonnet-and-rhyme-royal-oct-17-2016 which you should keep and consider part of your textbook (albeit a part you can write on).

Your assignment for Tuesday is to write either a sonnet or a rhyme royal. If it’s a sonnet, English or Italian, it doesn’t have to rhyme, but it has to have a shift, and (of course) have 14 lines. If it’s a rhyme royal, it has to follow the ababbcc rhyme scheme. Both, it should go without saying, need an identifiable tenor and vehicle.


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