English Literature 12

a virtual palimpsest

Updates and Spam Stopping…

May 27, 2006 by · Comments Off · course updates

Hi everyone,

I am really frustrated to hear some of you are recieving spam emails that are coming via this and the team blog…how it works: basically, someone has a program running that goes out and puts comments or ‘trackbacks’ (- in short a link to a site -usually a blog- that appears as an excerpt or quote from that site…) on posts at random. They seem to target a site once they get in…any of you who have subscribed to comments on the blogs will more than likely get these spam messages in your email with my address on them….

In order to help put a stop to this, I have deactivated the commenting ability on posts on this blog that are more than 21 days old.

I would also suggest you block the email address that comes with any spam you get. I know it is mine, but I don’t use that address anymore and I only recieve emails at that one (ie I don’t send from it…) So, please block it!!

I hope that helps….Spam sucks…

Onto updates….
This one is a bummer…Remember I mentioned about questions for the first section of the exam (multiple choice) being in chronological order, and the site passage questions being in random order??? Well…I wasn’t sure I trusted that knowledge, so, yesterday afternoon I wrote the multiple choice questions of the most current Lit. exam. The good news is I did great and I think you will too…that portion is easier than I thought it would be…so if you were in class and read the stuff, then I think you should do really well!
The bad news is that the chronological order thing worked great until you got to the section where they have quotes you have to identify…then it broke down. The chronological thing doesn’t work with the ‘identifying quotes’ section of the exam (which was only about 7 questions on the one I wrote…).
So, I went back to re-check that information on the exam specs….and it turns out I misread it. My bad….terribly sorry about that mixup. Here’s the truth on it:

1. The first section is chronological
2. The recognizing authors and titles section (where you identify quotes…) IS NOT –
Thinking about it now, this totally makes sense, as it would be way too easy if they put them all in order…

I will clarify this in class as well…

BUT…I want you to know that the multiple choice section was way easier than I expected, and I hope that you will find it the same. The quotes they put in aren’t hugely tricky – they make sense…and I think writing that part with the reading list in front of you would help jog your memory…They even put in at least one from when I was away with our new baby, (and I didn’t read that poem…) and I was able to guess it no problem…

So…hope that clarifies a bunch for you.
Monday we will start reviewing Hamlet , as was requested in Friday’s class. I think this is a good move, as you are guaranteed to be responsible for at least 18 marks for this play on the exam, whereas which poems you have is a toss up…

Hope you have a stellar weekend and that your exam anxiety is very low. From what I have seen with your ‘mock essays’ in class and what you’ve done with practice exams so far (and all that other stuff we have done…), I think you will do more than fine!!

A Head’s Up…Exam prep time…

May 12, 2006 by · Comments Off · assignments, course updates

Hi everyone, and thank you for participating in the class brainstorm essay session today. I am hoping to get you all primed for that provincial essay, which will be similar to what we did in class.

I just wanted to remind you that we will be doing exam prep from here on out, and that I am hoping to get through a total of 3 practice exams before the final. That being said, on Monday we will do a cite passage in class- this is where you are given a random poem you have probably never seen. You have to answer several multiple choice questions, then write a multi paragraph response. We have done this in class before, so hopefully you are somewhat used to this process. The site passage will take approximately half of the class time, then you will be free to work on your essays and I will be available for any help or to run things by.

There isn’t really a ton you can do in terms of studying for the site passage, your studying has been the course up until now…working with poems and ripping them apart. You can study terms if you want, but that is about it.

So, have a great weekend, be working on your essays (they are due Monday, May 22nd) , and relax! Summer is almost here!!

Robyn’s class notes for Atwood’s “Disembarking at Quebec”

May 12, 2006 by · Comments Off · 20th Century, class notes, reading

Thanks for the notes, Robyn!!

English Lit. Notes
May 11 2006

Disembarking in Quebec – by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood decided to write about Susanna Moody because she was one of the first canadian settlers. Margaret traces Susanna’s life coming to and being in Canada.

When Susanna came to Canada her life was not easy. Her status was gone and there was this new harsh way of living. She found herself in this situation that she was uprooted from her life and she was found in a situation that she didn’t want to be in. She lost one of her children, she had to deal with the pain of him drowning.

In the first stanza, Susanna Moody is talking about how she feels that she doesn’t belong. She is trying to figure out what the reason is. Her clothes, her book, the color of her shawl? You can tell that in the first stanza she is feeling very insecure by questioning why people may not like her. Susanna Moody came from an upper class life, so its a thought of hers that people may not like her appearance.

“This space cannot hear”

In the next stanza she is talking about the vistas of desolation, omens of winter and such. She is describing that feeling where many people question if they have the strength and or determination to get through this. Before it was her appearance she questioned, now she is questioning her lack of conviction.

“The others leap and shout freedom”

The others refer to other people that have perhaps been exiled from their countries because of their religious beliefs. They may have also come from poverty and now they have canadas wide open spaces to live.

“The moving water will not show me my reflection”

Even the water in Canada will not show her reflection. She is doubting herself. Vampires can’t see their reflections in mirrors because they aren’t considered people, they don’t have souls. Susanna must think that she is no longer seen as a person. She is lost.

“The rocks ignore”

Nature now ignore hers.

“I am a word in a foreign language”

She no longer understands herself, she is by far lost.

*Kenning- Two words to replace another.
Lily hopper- Frog

Robyn’s class notes for Atwood’s “Disembarking at Quebec”

May 12, 2006 by · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Thanks for the notes, Robyn!!

English Lit. Notes
May 11 2006

Disembarking in Quebec – by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood decided to write about Susanna Moody because she was one of the first canadian settlers. Margaret traces Susanna’s life coming to and being in Canada.

When Susanna came to Canada her life was not easy. Her status was gone and there was this new harsh way of living. She found herself in this situation that she was uprooted from her life and she was found in a situation that she didn’t want to be in. She lost one of her children, she had to deal with the pain of him drowning.

In the first stanza, Susanna Moody is talking about how she feels that she doesn’t belong. She is trying to figure out what the reason is. Her clothes, her book, the color of her shawl? You can tell that in the first stanza she is feeling very insecure by questioning why people may not like her. Susanna Moody came from an upper class life, so its a thought of hers that people may not like her appearance.

“This space cannot hear”

In the next stanza she is talking about the vistas of desolation, omens of winter and such. She is describing that feeling where many people question if they have the strength and or determination to get through this. Before it was her appearance she questioned, now she is questioning her lack of conviction.

“The others leap and shout freedom”

The others refer to other people that have perhaps been exiled from their countries because of their religious beliefs. They may have also come from poverty and now they have canadas wide open spaces to live.

“The moving water will not show me my reflection”

Even the water in Canada will not show her reflection. She is doubting herself. Vampires can’t see their reflections in mirrors because they aren’t considered people, they don’t have souls. Susanna must think that she is no longer seen as a person. She is lost.

“The rocks ignore”

Nature now ignore hers.

“I am a word in a foreign language”

She no longer understands herself, she is by far lost.

*Kenning- Two words to replace another.
Lily hopper- Frog

Big News!

April 17, 2006 by · Comments Off · Uncategorized

In case you don’t check your emails or they didn’t get through…..

big news–

Hannah Grace Nelson was born today, Easter Sunday at 1230 noon.

She weighs 8 pounds, and is amazingly cute!

I have pictures to prove it! ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesmatthew )

I am tired….going to bed.
Just wanted to tell you all!

Easter Weekend Reading…Not a Lot of It!

April 12, 2006 by · Comments Off · course updates, reading, Uncategorized

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder to read Arnold’s “Dover Beach” pg. 884 for Wednesday.

I hope you all have a great weekend, spend some time reflecting on what an awesome historical event this weekend marks, and spend some quality time with family.

Mr. N

Tamara’s Class Notes for Browning’s “My Last Duchess”, and Bronte’s “Song”

April 12, 2006 by · Comments Off · class notes, reading, Uncategorized

Thank you, Tamara, for these great notes!

Victorian Era has a different view on nature, because they see it as calyst, instead of putting themselves in it
dramatic monologue (title gives it away)
dramatic – tells a story
monologue – one person is talking
so therefore dramatic monologue is a person talking like a poem or story form
addresses somebody with a purpose
reveals a lot about the narrator (gives hints)

My Last Duchess – Robert Browning
shady like, not really sure what’s going on exactly
set in a 16th century castle in italy
aduca ferrera wife dies 3 years of marriage, began to seek remarriage, gets “match-making” person aka m-m person
has a painting of her that he mentions at the beginning of the poem, before he goes of to interview some eligible women
no one can pull over the curtain except him
talks about his late wife fondly, “she had a heart to soon made glad . . .” she looked at everything; she liked other men “. . . she liked everything he saw. . .“
“serve was all on, the dropping of the day light in the west”
“officious foul” is a guy
900 year old name, his last name is of high status power
she; late wife, doesn’t take his name as something special, she treats it as it were any other gift, nothing from her husband is special to her he says
he says he could have pointed out some of her flaws, but that would mean stooping down to her
doesn’t like her smiling at other people
he told her to stop and then all smiles stopped altogether, he was a very jealous man, he ordered his wife’s’ because she took more enjoyment in other things over him, so he got something to kill his wife
him and m-m person are walking down the hallway and he points out the statue of neptune the sea king beside his wife’s painting
he covers the painting because her attention to her husband kind of wondered in life
smiles at everyone
liked/looks at everything
she looked as if she is still alive, so now that she is dead he choses when she             looks at anything
he seems to treat women as property, livestock as something that he owns
Bronte Sisters
3 sisters; Emily and Anne are the most famous
Song – Poem by Emily Bronte
linnet – small finch kinda fly
moor-lark – a bird
wild deer browse above her breast?
the poem is talking about someone that is dead in a cemetery
pathetic fallacy – when nature matches the mood of the person
Well, let them fight for honors breath/ or pleasure’s shade pursue – -/ the dweller in the land of death/ is changed and careless too. ? what does this mean?
“pleasure shade” its like trying to chase after the wind, it doesn’t last forever
“the dweller in the land of death”/is changed and careless too” she’s dead she doesn’t care
“and if their eyes should watch and weep till sorrows were dry” they that miss her can cry all they want but she won’t flinch, she’s gone
[just to add a thought here= Bronte seems to show the Victorian idea of nature being somewhat indifferent to human existence and suffering...ex: the deer walking along above the grave]

Class Notes for Keats’ “When I Have Fears…”

April 5, 2006 by · Comments Off · assignments, class notes, Romantic

Today’s class was time spent in the sun.

We looked at Keats’ “When I have Fears…”

Some brief notes from discussion that stick in my head:

  • this poem seems really personal, and not out to change the world like some of Shelley or Byron’s works
  • the poet claims to be afraid of dying before getting out all his thoughts
  • this sticks with his life story, as Keats lost his brother and also died of tuberculosis (lots of people dying young)
  • he seems quite down–it sounds like a journal entry or a letter to a trusted friend
  • the last couple of lines suggest that thinking and reflection are more important to him than love and fame–this goes along well with his fears of dying before he gets out all his thoughts/poems/writing
  • there seems to be reference to love…we aren’t sure if it is romantic love or love for writing…

Just a few notes there. It seems like a poem written to express emotion rather than gain fame. I think Tamara brought up that point, and I agree. Keats seems more into his own emotional turmoil in this poem. He doesn’t seem to be out to inspire people with great words or ideas. It seems really honest, really spontaneous (ie not polished), and his fears are not resolved by the end of the poem.

I think of Curt Cobain when I read this, or grunge music in general. Just really melancholy…

Remember to read for Monday: Tennyson’s “Ulysses” (one of my favourites!) and “Sonnet 43″

Remember that your poems are due on Monday! Enjoy creating them, I know I am!

Class today…

April 3, 2006 by · Comments Off · assignments, Class/Course Reflections

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for another great class!

I really enjoyed hearing some of your thoughts on the poem today.

I also felt like Lit. class was like an oasis – sitting working on writing poems about something that is important to me (yes, I am doing the assignment too!) and listening to some really mellow tunes (Jack Johnson–”Curious George” soundtrack)– it was just really restful and refreshing. I know there was some chatting going on, but I also understand that sometimes there are more important things than class stuff.

Thanks for a relaxing afternoon. I hope it was good for you, too, in the midst of a tired Monday.

remeber to read Keats’ “When I Have Fears”–read it like a letter from a friend, or something like that.

Your poems are due next Monday, April 10th. I look forward to reading them! 

Ango’s Class Notes for Keats’ “Ode to a Knightingale”

April 3, 2006 by · 1 Comment · class notes, Romantic

Another day of Eng. Lit Class :)
Mr. N went to see Beowulf and Grendel (not recommended to see)
Keats:
25 at death
Byron, Shelley: born into upper class, more leisure time
born into working class
1818: 23 yrs. publishes first poem; crap-crapped by critics, poem not very good
brother died of tuberculosis, met light of life: Fanny Brown
24: writes a ton of stuff b/c of emotions; big into natural beauty, connecting with nature
Ode: lyric poem characterized by height and emotion, paying respect to a person or a thing (similar to apostrophe)
Ode to a Nightingale
-hanging out with buddy, nightingale comes along, inspired by bird
-trying to sound spontaneous; depressed
-escape from troubles;
-looking for rest? only way to find it is by dying
-bird doesn’t have concern of dying
-is the bird immortal?
Robyn says yes! This bird will die, but there will be other birds.
-The word forlorn brings Keats back to reality! (weirdo!)
-spontaneous
This poem was odd!