Friday, April 28, 2017

Reading Period 26: April 28 - May 4: Heart of Darkness

Long Read: 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Part II

Short Read:
Textbook pages 826 - 836, "The Celestial Omnibus" by E.M. Forster

Poetry: 

Textbook pages 928 - 938, poems by William Butler Yeats.

Creative Assignments:

In "Sailing to Byzantium," Yeats imagined being made part of a Byzantine gold mosaic. Take a look at the gold mosaics below, and then create a piece of art in this style recreating a scene from your life. You can use a marker to make dots on a page to represent mosaic tiles, you can use a hole punch to make paper dots to use, or you could draw what you want to portray and then use Photoshop or an artistic photo filter to make a mosaic of your drawing. You must do a drawing first and use a filter on it, though. Don't just filter a selfie. If you feel incapable of doing a representational image, you can do a design like the first one. However it would be much more amusing if you did a gold mosaic of yourself playing soccer, or cooking at the stove, or working on a computer, in the Byzantine style.




OR

Read the sonnet, "To Homer" by John Keats, that is referenced in part III of "The Celestial Omnibus." Now write a poem addressed to one of the authors we have read in class. It doesn't have to be a very serious poem, but it should demonstrate that you've read the work you're praising. For extra magicalness, make it a sonnet. 

Writing Assignments:

Read the poem, "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats. Write a well-organized essay in which you analyze the literary techniques that Yeats used to show the speaker's attitude toward the "you" in the poem. You may choose to discuss the imagery, point of view, and personification, or any other device you notice.

OR

Read the poem, "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats. Write a well-organized essay in which you analyze the literary techniques that Yeats used to show the speaker's attitude toward the aging. You may choose to discuss metonymy, symbolism, and apostrophe, or any other device you notice.

E.M. Forster
Quiz:

This quiz is over the story "The Celestial Omnibus," but do make sure you keep reading Heart of Darkness.

1. How do the boy's parents explain the signpost?
2. The boy gave up and went home before seeing the sunrise omnibus, but then rushed back -- why?
3. What is nonsensical about the appearance of the sunrise omnibus?
4. Give an example of the "ornate prose" of Sir Thomas Browne.
5. Give an example of something the boy experiences at the end of his first journey.
6. What punishment do the parents give the boy when he returns?
7. What did the people in heaven predict about Mr. Brons?
8. Who is the driver of the sunset omnibus?
9. Mr. Bons is disappointed in the way the boy spent his first trip to heaven. Why?
10. What do you think this line means? "For poetry is a spirit; and they that would worship it must worship in spirit and in truth."

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