Friday, February 17, 2017

Reading Period 18: Feb 17 - 23: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Long Read:

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Phase the 4th (Chapters 25-34)

Short Read: 

Read the selections on Robert Browning in the textbook: pages 638-646.
Read about Elizabeth Barrett Browning on her Wikipedia page.
Read The Cry of the Children by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Read two sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning on page 669.

Creative Assignments:

Listen to this reading of "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning. Take a look at these three portraits of duchesses. Choose one and reproduce it as exactly as you can, in paint or crayon or colored pencil. You could also do a digital drawing, if it's colorful. Pay special attention to the facial expression and try to reproduce that strange expression described in the poem. Which one of these three portraits comes closest to the demeanor described there?




OR

Take a closer look at the description of the cows and the surrounding farmland as Tess arrives at Talbothay's dairy (chapter 16). We know that the narrator of this novel is a close observer, and Hardy's descriptions work not only to give the reader a picture but also a feeling about the place. You're going to write a descriptive passage inspired by Hardy's description of Talbothay's dairy that uses some of Hardy's techniques to create a scene and a mood. Go outside (you don't have to find a cow pasture) and sit and observe as closely as you can the things that are going on around you, to create the mood of this place. Feel where you are. Then write a 300 word descriptive passage that gives the reader the objects and landscape, the time of day, the time of year, and a strong mood connected with the place you are. When you've written it, post it to the Google+ Community, then take a few moments to read other students' work and try to identify the mood they were trying to create, and the techniques they used to create it.

Writing:

Read this article about child labor during the industrial revolution. The Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem "The Cry of the Children" was written in support of the "Ten Hours Bill." What was the Ten Hour Bill, what relief did it bring to working children? Using this article as a source, write 300 words connecting the bill to the poem. You'll need to explain what Browning says (use quotes!), what the Ten Hours Bill is, and how the two are connected.

OR

The subtitle of the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles is "A Pure Woman, Faithfully Presented." What do you think Hardy means by this? How is Tess pure? How is Hardy faithful in his presentation? Is the title ironic? Consider the subtitle of the novel, and this quote: "An immeasurable social chasm was to divide our heroine’s personality thereafter from that previous self of hers who stepped from her mother’s door to try her fortune at Trantridge poultry-farm." Is Tess pure or fallen? What does pure mean and what does fallen mean? What is Hardy's intention in this subtitle? Write a 300 word essay in which you explore some aspect of this, including your own opinion.

Quiz: 

1. Why do we have so many of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poems that she wrote as a child? And what is this collection called, when we read works that an author created when they were very young?
2. How did Elizabeth's father respond to her marriage to Robert Browning?
3. How long were Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning married?
4. To whom did Elizabeth Barrett Browning write her "Sonnets from the Portuguese" and why did she call them that?
5. Based on the poem "My Last Duchess," will the Duke make a nice husband for the count's daughter?
6. How would you characterize the Duke's wife who's pictured in the portrait? What sort of person was she?
7. What is a dramatic monologue?
8. What clue does the speaker of "Home Thoughts, From Abroad" give as to the place where he currently lives?
9. What does Browning imagine is on the other side of death, in the poem "Prospice"?
10. What two features of Browning's poetry are considered significant, in his lasting contribution to British Literature? His interest in _____________ and his openness to ________, and his stylistic experimentation, including rough ______ and surprising _______.
Liz 'n' Rob

History:

Work through this section on the Victorians from the national archives of the UK. When you and Rebecca and Jatinda are all done, submit your user ID from the site in an email to me, with the subject header Zombie Hotsauce History Reading Period 18, so I can take a look at your notes.

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