Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Black Walnut Tree

For Wednesday/Thursday, draft (by hand or on computer) an AP-style essay about the poem in response to the prompt. I'll want to look at your opening paragraphs (and maybe share with the class the ones that seem to be on the right track). We'll discuss your experience with this as well as your opinion of the undiscussed sample essay(s).

Monday, January 8, 2018

Robert Frost reading/writing

Welcome back . . . again!

For Wednesday/Thursday: Read, in the anthology, the Frost poems "Mending Wall" and "Birches." Type: 1. A paraphrase of each poem. 2. For each poem, identify where (line numbers) you see/hear shifts in focus or tone occur.

We'll discuss!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Homework over break

Yup, AP classes do assign work over break. There's no writing, just reading, and this should be enormously helpful to you as you continue with the class. Some of the elements of critical reading and argumentative writing have been covered already, but these sections provide a good overview. See the calendar for details.

Also, if anyone wants to participate in Poetry Out Loud, have a look at the link to the site and choose a poem for memorization and recitation.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Plath and Hughes poems

I've given you two poems, both entitled "Wuthering Heights"; one is by American poet Sylvia Plath and the other is by her husband, English poet Ted Hughes. Both poems were written in recollection of a visit the couple made to the countryside where the Bront√ęs lived (including Top Withens, site of the farmhouse ruin that may have informed Emily's vision of the Wuthering Heights estate).

Take your time with both poems; read each multiple times, annotating.

1. Poems walk us through a speaker's thought process, creating a chain of associations that displays, once we've spent time with the poem, a kind of logic and narrative structure. If a poem has stanzas, as each of these do, we can see (more readily) the pattern of the mind's movement, the skeleton of the structure. For each poem, what path does the poet follow? That is, what is the focus of each stanza; what is the movement of the poet's attention from beginning to end?

2. How do the two poems differ in their tone? (Here you're considering what is literally commented on as well as the words chosen.)

NOTE: No need to type this up. But I want to see that you've made notes on these questions and that you've come ready to share your ideas.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Final essay about WH

For Friday/Monday: Read the essay "Wuthering Heights: Repetition and the 'Uncanny'" (p. 361). As with the previous readings, write a paragraph responding to the essay, i.e., what did you understand the piece to be saying; what did you find worth remarking on; what did you disagree with or not understand?

Typed, 12 pt., please.

Note: Next Tuesday/Wednesday, there will be an in-class essay on the book. These essays will help you prepare both by reminding you of key events in the text and by demonstrating how one goes about discussing a novel such as this.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

More post-WH readings

Moving on from the essay in the book that few people read (we will return to it): For Wednesday/Thursday, read and annotate the essay packet (two essays). Write (at least) one paragraph in response to each essay. What's your view of those interpretations? What parts of the essay work for you and which do not?

Type for handing in.