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Thursday, December 8

December 8, 2016

Spongebob: Today we had an in-class assignment on Moana.

Remember that your Taming of the Shrew essays are due Tuesday.

Critical Reading: Today you handed in your ad assignment, and then we briefly discussed how the reading from Tuesday (Foucault’s What is an Author?) could possibly be used as a filter through which to interpret Rear Window.

In class, you were broken into groups and got boxes. You were to do something with the boxes and their contents (different directions for each group). You used up your time, and so presentations of the boxes will be at the beginning of class on Tuesday. If your group didn’t finish, please consider it homework. All groups must be complete at the beginning of class on Tuesday.

The reading for Tuesday is Derrida. It is difficult. Give yourself ample time. Annotations are required; there will be a quiz.

Siren: December stuff. Looking at next Tuesday, hopefully, to assemble/distribute.

Style: Today we discussed H.P. Lovecraft. I was wrong – the board was not erased, so here it is now:


For Tuesday: write an H.P. Lovecraft-inspired piece. Please keep it under 2 pages, double spaced. If you write something longer, just give me an excerpt and synopsis. 🙂

Reading for Writers: Today you handed in your notes and we had a discussion about the reading that was assigned for today. Two short stories were handed out and are due to be read for Tuesday. If you were absent, these stories are waiting for you in the box by my desk.

Survey: Poetry: Today we started by talking about satire, using an example from The Onion. Satire is a style of humor that has elements of irony — in that it pretends to be serious (like the news story we read, or like a sketch on Saturday Night Live), but intends the opposite. It is also distinguished by the prominence of its targets. Satire takes aim at the well-known — whether that means well-known people, institutions or customs. The example we gave in class would be that if you make fun of one of your peers, that’s not satire. If you make fun of me, on the other hand, that IS satire — because I’m “established,” in a sense.

Then we reviewed, briefly, the stuff we covered in chapters 8, 9 and 10 for a quiz Tuesday. It includes:

Chapter 8: external organizers (free verse organizers you can see/hear):

  1. Anaphora/syntactical rhythms
  2. Deliberate typography
  3. Concrete/shaped poetry
  4. Non-recurrent stanzas
  5. Prose poetry
  6. Non-rhyming sound devices (from Chapter 5 – assonance, consonance, etc.)

Chapter 9: internal organizers (free verse organizers that are inside the poem):

  1. Narrative
  2. Compare/contrast
  3. Shift in attitude
  4. Image clusters
  5. Repetition/refrain
  6. Overt theme

Chapters 10: Varieties of tone:

  1. Denotation/connotation
  2. Irony (verbal; situational; dramatic)
  3. Paradox
  4. Coincidence
  5. Satire
  6. Tone (which we defined similarly as you did in Fiction: the overall mood of a piece, as determined by vocabulary, syntax, choice of imagery, distance of the narrator, etc.)

Finally, we talked about elegy (also called eulogy, epitaph and ode). Simply put, it is a poem of mourning for something (presumably) lost. That’s often a person, but could be lots of other things besides: a way of life, a quality (patience, childhood), a place.

I gave you a short assignment for Tuesday: write an elegy — for anyone or anything — made up of three linked haiku. Yes, imagery is importanr; yes, they all have to follow the standard 5/7/5 syllabic format.

If everyone completes this assignment, I will give you a word bank with your quiz Tuesday. If everyone doesn’t do it, no word bank.

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