Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Reading Period 15: November 6 - 12: Johnson, Burns, and Blake


Read pages 416-424 and pages 438-448, covering Samuel Johnson, Robert Burns, and William Blake.


Art Connection:

Try your hand at creating a picture with pen and ink, in the style of 18th century line engraving such as William Blake might have created. Take a close-up look at this image of Ben Franklin to get some ideas for shading techniques. 

History Connection:

Research the Gordon Riots. What were the causes? What was William Blake's involvement? How did they affect Newgate Prison, where Moll Flanders was supposedly born? Write 250 words to present your findings. 

Writing Connection:

Write a pair of opposite poems, one from a position of innocence and one from a position of experience. You could take on the same topic in both poems, like Blake did with chimney sweeps, or represent two different images, like the lamb and the tiger.


The quiz covers the reading assignment only. 

1.According to Johnson's dictionary, what does it mean to "stand shill-I-shall-I"?  
A. To worry excessively that you're not allowed to do something.
B. To hesitate and procrastinate before making a decision.
C. To petition for permission again and again over an innocent action.
D. To waste time in the details of the matter, rather than getting to the point.

2.According to Samuel Johnson's dictionary, is chicken something you'd find on the dinner table?  
A. No.
B. Yes.

3.What does Johnson mean by saying that Shakespeare is a "poet of nature"?  
A. He writes very plain prose, without ornament or wordplay.
B. He writes about the manners and politics of a particular time and place.
C. He writes about the woods and fields.
D. He writes about humanity itself, common to all times.

4.Before Robert Burns found success as a published poet, what life changing decision was he considering?  
A. Going to Virginia.
B. Going to Jamaica.
C. Going to London.
D. Changing his name to Frances.

5.Why was Burns respected as the Scottish national poet?  
A. He gave dignity to the simple aspects of their lives.
B. His flowery, intellectual language made them feel smarter.
C. He eliminated the use of rough country dialect from the literature of Scotland.
D. Scotland didn't have any other poets lying around.

6.Paraphrase Burns' poem "Ae Fond Kiss."  
A. Goodbye forever! I'm super sad!
B. I'll be with you soon, take heart and fear not.
C. I wish I had never met Nancy. She turned out to be a real disappointment.
D. I'm sorry, it's not you it's me, we're better off as friends.

7.Which of these things did William Blake NOT see?  
A. The value of intellectual patternmaking in the 18th century.
B. A tree full of angels.
C. The prophet Ezekiel under a tree.
D. God at his window.

8.What two careers did Blake combine into one?  
A. Poet and porpoise.
B. Poet and politician.
C. Poet and artist.
D. Poet and priest.

9.What two animals functions as symbols for innocence and experience in William Blake's "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience"?  
A. Kitten and wolf.
B. Lamb and tiger.
C. Nyan cat and Grumpy cat.
D. Dove and falcon.

10.To whom is the poem Jerusalem dedicated?  
A. Milton.
B. Christ.
C. The child laborers of the 18th century.
D. Shakespeare.


Your first draft is due on Tuesday! You should be scribbling away, citing your sources and brainstorming great ideas for your intro and conclusion. In class, you'll trade papers with a partner and critique each other's work using prompts and direction that I will provide. Make sure you bring two copies of your typed paper -- one for me and one for your partner. If you don't get through 2000 words, that's okay! Bring what you have and we'll work with it. 

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