Thursday, October 30, 2014

Reading Period 10: Oct 29 - Nov 4: The Chase

Long Read: 

Moby-Dick, chapters 132 - the end!

Bring it home, brave literary sailors.

Poe Paper Doll. Believe it. 
Short Reads:

Edgar Allan Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher" (in your textbook)
Edgar Allan Poe, "The Masque of the Red Death" (also in your textbook)


"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

"To -- -- --: Ulalume: A Ballad" by Edgar Allan Poe

"Spirits of the Dead" by Edgar Allan Poe

"Theme in Yellow" by Carl Sandburg

Creative Assignment:

Write a spooky poem for Halloween. Choose one of the poetic forms from our vocabulary list this week: villanelle, lyric poem, confessional poem, sonnet, epic, ballad, etc. Here's the list, to remind you of your options. When you post your poem, tell what form it is and why. 


This choice is mandatory for those of you taking the Genetics class at co-op. Formal poetry has a rhyme scheme described by letters (ABAB CDCD etc).  Let's create a new poetic form based on the Punnett Square. Can you create a rhyme scheme or a formal meter, using a Punnett Square with one, locus, two alleles? How about a larger one -- with at least two loci, two alleles at each locus? Would that form be in couplets, quatrains? Would you need to create columns for this poem to make sense in the form? How might meter play into it? What might such a poem be about? You can use upper and lower case letters to designate different rhymes. Challenge: I double dog dare you to write a poem connecting to the genetic themes of "The Fall of the House of Usher" using a form you invent based on the Punnett Square. Note: If you manage to do this, it will count as your "Real Literature Project" and you can do your presentation on it. 

Google Fu:

The "red death" in Poe's story is a made-up plague where you sweat blood and die fast. Use Google to search the internet and find out what disease inspired this story element. You can start by reading about the story on Wikipedia, but definitely go deeper than the paragraph about the disease from Wikipedia, which offers several possibilities. Post the answer you think is most likely, and give your source. 

Twitter Scholar:

Twitter posts can only have 140 characters. This is the perfect length for a haiku, another poetic form. Read about the emerging poetic form, "Twaiku," in this NPR article. This week, write a haiku and post it to Twitter, and then retweet someone else's Twitter haiku. 


This week, while I'm looking over and responding to the first draft of your outline, please take more time to delve into your sources and just read and think about your topic. Your Moby-Dick assignment this week is quite short, so you should have plenty of time to read around in the books and articles you've gathered in your research. 


Choose one of your sources and take notes on a book chapter or article. Choose your format strategically -- bullet points? outline? key quotes? sections? compare/contrast? Now is your chance to use what you have practiced. Post the results so we can all be amazed. 


1. What two literary devices are in use here: "the pensive air was transparently pure and soft, with a woman's look, and the robust and man-like sea heaved with long, strong, lingering swells, as Samson's chest in his sleep." 
2. What does Ahab drop into the sea in chapter 132?
3. What does Starbuck beg Ahab to do in chapter 132?
4. In this chapter, Ahab looks into Starbuck's eyes and Fedallah's eyes. What does he see in Starbuck's eyes, and where does Ahab see Fedallah's eyes, after Starbuck leaves him?
5. Who is the first to spot Moby-Dick?
6. What happens to Ahab's boat and Ahab in their first engagement with the white whale?
7. How did the sailors get Moby-Dick away from his "prey" on the first day? 
8. Who carries Ahab when his fake leg gets broken, and of what material does the carpenter make a replacement?
9. What happens to the Parsee?
10. How does Fedallah's prophecy come true? 

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