Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Reading Period 19: December 4-10: Byron, Shelley, Keats


Read all the poems by Byron, Shelley, and Keats, and biographical notes on these gentlemen from page 526-584. 


Choose one of the following delightful diversions:

Don Juan, the movie.
Art Connection:

Create a multi-panel comic depicting any situation where the character of Don Juan (see p 534) enters any of the other literature we've read. For example, you could have him turn up in Pride and Prejudice, Macbeth, etc. You don't have to stick to Byron's interpretation of this character.

History Connection:

Shelley and Byron spent their time in Italy after Napoleon had invaded and withdrawn. They visited during the beginning of the "Risorgimento," a reunification of the different states in Italy (Tuscany, Milano, Venetia, etc) into one country for the whole peninsula. Write about the Risorgimento, about Italy before and after Napoleon, or about any subtopic that strikes your fancy, related to 1818-1822 in Italy. 250 words.

Writing Connection:

"If you love urns, write urns odes."
Write a poem using the "hoofbeats" meter Lord Byron demonstrates in "Stanzas Written on the Road" (p 530). Also, analyze the meter and describe the foot (or feet) in use. The topic of your poem should reflect the "vigor and exuberance" of the meter. Another example of this is "The Destruction of Sennacherib," also by Lord Byron.    


The quiz covers the six pages of biographical info for the three poets we're meeting this week. Should be a quite easy test after these long Jane Austen quizzes.

1.What physical deformity affected Byron from birth?  
A. Club foot.
B. Cleft palate.
C. Albinism.
D. Heart murmur.

2.Which of these things did Byron NOT do as a young person?  
A. Drink from a human skull.
B. Own a pet bear.
C. Travel the world.
D. Become addicted to opium.

3.What was the name of the group of friends Byron formed with Shelley?  
A. The Wicked Lords
B. The Pisan Circle
C. The London Rogues
D. The Poet Savants

4.Byron went to Cambridge University. Where did Shelley go?  
A. Cambridge
B. Oxford
C. Durham
D. Canterbury

5.How old were Shelley and his wife Harriet when they married?  
A. He was 18, she was 45.
B. He was 16, she was 18.
C. He was 18, she was 16.
D. He was 18, she was 18.

6.How did Shelley die?  
A. He drowned after falling out of a boat during a storm.
B. He was consumed by Byron's pet bear.
C. He suffered from the same disease that killed Jane Austen.
D. He was killed in a duel while living in Venice.

7.For what career did Keats formally train?  
A. Apothecary
B. Poet
C. Clergyman
D. Barrister

8.What commitment did Keats take seriously and feel strongly about?  
A. Cleaning and decorating his London home.
B. Defending the politicians that agreed with him.
C. Taking care of his many pets and plants.
D. Taking care of his brothers and sisters.

9.How did Keats die?  
A. Tuberculosis.
B. Consumption.
C. He rage quit out of Minecraft and then died of shame.
D. Drowning.

10.Who wrote Ode on a Grecian Urn?  
A. Byron
B. Shelley
C. Keats
D. Shakespeare


Your final drafts of your papers are due next week. Remember that the most important thing is not for the paper to be perfect, but for you to clearly have taken into account my editing suggestions and responded to the notes. 

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