Friday, February 3, 2017

Reading Period 16: February 3-9: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Long Read: 

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Phase the First, "The Maiden" (Chapters 1-11)


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

Creative Assignments:

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.  


Read this essay about English landscape artist John Constable. Think about how Constable expressed the ideas of the Romantic age by painting very personal scenes of immediate importance to himself instead of seeking out grand landscapes and mythological themes. In the style of Constable, create a picture of an outdoor place in your immediate environment that is important to you. This could be your back yard, your front yard, a scene on your street or a nearby park. No, you don't have to create a six-foot canvas.

Please watch this in preparation for class next week:

Writing Assignments

Write a literary essay in which you discuss the symbolism in the first eleven chapters of Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Introduce your essay, explain three symbols, and then make a conclusion Thomas Hardy's use of symbolism. You may choose to write about Tess's attire in the village dance, the treacle on Car Darch's back, the death of Prince, the blindness of Mrs. D'Urberville, or any other symbol you identify. In each case, describe the symbol as it appears in the novel, and then explain its meaning, given what happens in the section as a whole.


Shelley and Byron spent their time in Italy after Napoleon had invaded and withdrawn.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. Do some research online, and then write a well-constructed 300 word essay about the Risorgimento. You can skip parenthetical notations, but provide links to your sources.


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

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