Friday, February 24, 2017

Reading Period 19: February 24 - March 2: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Gerard Manley Hopkins
Due Dates:
Quiz: Monday, Feb 27
Assignments: Wednesday, Mar 1
History: Friday, Mar 3

Long Read: 

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, phase 5, "The Woman Pays" (chapters 35-44)

Short Read: 

In the textbook, read pages 657-666.
Online, read the following:
The Wreck of the Deutschland
As Kingfishers Catch Fire Dragonflies Draw Flame
My Own Heart Let Me Have More Pity On

Creative Assignments:

Write a poem. Here are your parameters:

1. It must have one of the following as a first line:

I play in ten thousand places
I speak in spells
Hark, hearer, hear what I do
I come, a listless stranger
I have asked to be where no storms come
Tell me your choice

2. It must include alliteration, visual and aural imagery, metaphor, and simile.


Angel Clare is a character in the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and "Angel Clare" is also the title of an album by Art Garfunkel, his first solo effort. After listening to "All I Know" and maybe also "Travelling Boy" from this album, create a YouTube playlist of ten songs for Angel Clare, the character. Then create a YouTube playlist of ten songs for Alec D'Urberville, Angel's foil character.

Writing Assignments:

Choose three examples of irony in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, as discussed in class on Tuesday, Feb 28. (If you're writing this before class on Tuesday, you can choose your own ironies.) Write a 500 word essay in which you explain what irony is (this may be the hardest part!) and how these two examples of irony in the novel work to advance the novel's themes.


Tess of the D'Urbervilles takes place in one county in England. However, the various settings couldn't be more different from each other. Hardy uses setting to create a mood and to highlight the plot. Write a 500 word essay in which you compare Talbothay's Dairy to Flintcomb Ash Farm. Describe each place using quotes from the novel, and then describe how the details of nature, machinery, and people create a place suited for the events at each farm.


1. What does it mean that Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poems were published posthumously?

2. What big change did Gerard Manley Hopkins experience in his practice of religion and what effect did that have on his work?

3. What literary device is at work in the first two lines of “The Windhover”?

4. Read about “Sprung Rhythm” on page 662. Then type the first stanza of Pied Beauty with the stressed syllables in capital letters. How does this demonstrate sprung rhythm?

5. How many stanzas of “The Wreck of the Deutschland” does it take to get to a mention of actual ship and shipwreck? Tell me the line where it first comes up.

6. Give three examples of invented words in Hopkins’ “Epithalamion.” Choose your three favorite.

7. Having read “The Beginning of the End,” would you say it is an example of Hopkins’ use of sprung rhythm or is it an example of the more traditional running rhythm?

A.E. Housman
8. A. E. Housman’s most famous collection of poems is called “A Shropshire Lad.” Google Shropshire, and tell me something interesting about Shropshire, where A. E. Housman grew up.

9. Looking at Housman’s poems in the book, would you say he was innovating with form, or would you say he was using traditional forms?

10. Describe the dialogue in “Is My Team Ploughing?” Who is asking questions and who is answering those questions?

11. Why does the speaker say that the athlete in “To an Athlete Dying Young” is fortunate?

12. What did Housman teach at Cambridge University?


Are you watching the series, "Victoria" on PBS? If you are, great! If not, you can go here to watch at least one full episode.

Consider as you watch the show that we must always question what we read and see, and verify with reliable sources. Please read this article in Time magazine about the historical accuracy of the series. While the events portrayed are not incorrect, the creators of the show have stretched the truth in a number of ways. Victoria was fat and ugly, Melbourne was fat and old, Victoria wasn't afraid of rats, etc. After reading this article and watching at least one episode of "Victoria," please answer the following question in a 300 word essay: Is it wrong for television to invent love stories, beauty, and drama when portraying real life people and historic events? You must come down on one side or the other with your essay -- no "it depends." In your essay you'll need to describe the show, giving several specific details, and then reference the article, giving at least one quote. You'll also need to give your opinion and your reasons. Please cite the Time magazine article and the TV show at the end of your essay -- remember Purdue OWL is your friend for formatting info.

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