Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reading Period 28: May 12-18: D.H. Lawrence

Short Reads:

"Rocking Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence, in your textbook.
"The Odour of Chrysanthemums" by D.H. Lawrence.
Illustrated timeline of D.H. Lawrence


"Snake" by D.H. Lawrence, in your textbook, page 939.

Creative Assignments:

Let's learn about Vorticism, a short-lived art movement in Britain that ended with World War I. Read about Vorticism and this exhibition at the Tate Modern in London. Read about Vorticism at this web site. Then choose between a writing creative assignment or visual arts assignment.


The Vorticists published one issue of their journal Blast. There we can find their manifesto, which started out with some declarations, and then moved on to a list of things to "BLESS" and a list of things to "BLAST."

Here are statements from the beginning:

1. Beyond Action and Reaction we would establish ourselves.
2. We start from opposite statements of a chosen world. Set up violent structure of adolescent clearness between two extremes.
3. We discharge ourselves on both sides.
4. We fight first on one side, then on the other, but always for the SAME cause, which is neither side or both sides and ours.
5. Mercenaries were always the best troops.
6. We are primitive Mercenaries in the Modern World.
7. Our Cause is NO-MAN'S.
8. We set Humour at Humour's throat. Stir up Civil War among peaceful apes.
9. We only want Humour if it has fought like Tragedy.
10. We only want Tragedy if it can clench its side-muscles like hands on its belly, and bring to the surface a laugh like a bomb.

There are more. Here's the whole thing.

Your assignment is to write a ten point manifesto, and then a five point "BLAST" list and a five point "BLESS" list, after reading about the Vorticists.


Visual arts. 

Take a look at these images:

Workshop by Wyndham Lewis

The Crowd by Wyndham Lewis

Mud Bath by David Bomberg

Now create your own "vorticist" artwork in this style. Use the full page and lots of color. 

Writing Assignments:

Read this direct evidence that the Mines Commission collected in 1842 from people who worked in the mines. Then read D.H. Lawrence's essay on mining in Nottingham, based on his childhood memories. What strikes you as you compare and contrast these two essays? Was D.H. Lawrence just romanticizing the life of the miner? (A miner is a "collier.") Or is it that we see things differently, looking back from our modern time, when labor unions and government oversight have become commonplace? Write 250 words discussing the difference between the vision of the mines in the commission and the vision D.H. Lawrence gives us of a miner's life.

Futurist writer or Mumford & Sons bass player?

Look at E.M. Forster's essay, "What I Believe." Then read only the foreward to D.H. Lawrence's work of non-fiction, Fantasia of the Unconscious. Now write your own manifesto of 250 words, in the style of "What I Believe." You could choose to respond to something controversial, disturbing, or satisfying in either Forster's or Lawrence's ideas, or take off on your own tangent.


This quiz is all about finding evidence in the text to support an idea, so for each question, find a quote that supports the idea in

"Rocking Horse Winner"
1. Paul's mother is incapable of love.
2. Paul's mother's need for money can never be satisfied.
3. The need for money is a constant presence in the family, though never discussed.
4. The mother is the main character, not the boy.
5. It's not the mother's fault that she's so obsessed with money.
"Odour of Chrysanthemums"
6. Elizabeth Bates has mixed feelings about chrysanthemums.
7. A mother's love is different from a wife's love.
8. Elizabeth Bates is irritated and angry with her husband in his life.
9. Elizabeth Bates is alienated from her husband in his death.
10. Lawrence uses heat and light as symbols in the story.

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