Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reading Period 18: Feb 17-23: A Green Light that Burns All Night

Long Read: The Great Gatsby, chapters 5 and 6

Short Read: "Sophistication" by Sherwood Anderson (from Winesburg, Ohio), AIAL p 582-589


Ezra Pound: 
The Seafarer
In a Station of the Metro
The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Canto XLV
The Moon in Your Hands

The Helmsman
The Moon in Your Hands

Creative Assignment: 

After reading the poem, "This is Just to Say," by William Carlos Williams, imagine a scene in which these words are discovered by the intended recipient. You may decide this is a note left on a refrigerator for a spouse or a roommate, or written in some other way in some other situation. Decide what happens when the note is read, describe who reads it and what he/she thinks of the person who wrote it. Will the reader be understanding and forgiving? Enraged and vengeful? Write about it. (300 words)


Read the full lyrics to the songs "The Love Nest" and "Ain't We Got Fun" which are quoted in chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby. Why do you think Fitzgerald included these songs? Is he being sarcastic? Choose one or the other, and rewrite at least one verse with lyrics that are more appropriate to the situation Gatsby and Daisy find themselves in, in this scene. 

Writing Assignment:

William Carlos Williams and W.H. Auden both wrote poems about Pieter Brueghel's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus." You may remember from last year, an assignment where you had to create a contemporary scene where Icarus falls from the sky and everyone ignores him. Read both poems. The write a short essay (300 words) comparing and contrasting these works. Use as many literary vocabulary words as you can as you discuss the form, the language, and the message of the two poems.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by William Carlos Williams

Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden


After you've read "Sophistication" by Sherwood Anderson, write a 300 word personal essay in which you discuss whether you have felt this sensation of "sophistication," specifically as described on the second column of the first page (the fifth paragraph of the story). Is this something you look forward to or dread? Do you agree with Anderson that everyone experiences this feeling as they reach a certain age? George Willard is 15 in the story. Do you think "growing up" happened to people at a younger age back in the first part of the 20th century? 


The quiz covers the historical selection, "Literature in Modern America" and the page titled "Modern Fiction" in your textbook, pages 565-581. 

1. What are the dates of the two World Wars, and what damaging period happened in America between these two wars? 

2. Give an example of something that gave Americans confidence and optimism before World War I. 

3. How did World War I affect the writers of the time in America, causing them to call themselves "The Lost Generation"?

4. What literary movement was driven by a desire to "make it new"? 

5. Give an example of some literary experimentation that happened during this movement. 

6. Give an example of a writer questioning conventional attitudes and societal norms. 

7. In the 20th century, science caused a breakdown in the unity of beliefs among Americans. What did writers turn to and write about during this fragmentation of perspective?

8. Define pluralism. 

9. What positive can be found in the "disintegration of the nation's most cherished ideals" in the 20th century?

10. What is the difference between the 19th century short story, as Poe and Hawthorne wrote, and the 20th century short story, exemplified by Sherwood Anderson? 

BONUS: Who is James Gatz?

ANOTHER BONUS: Were women allowed to play polo in 1922? Are women allowed to play polo in 2015?

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