Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday, 12/14/2012


We worked on our letters.

College-Prep Reading

Sonnet Sharing
1.      This is OPTIONAL!
2.     If your poem is handwritten, put it under the doc camera for us to view.
3.     If your poem is on computer, plug it in at the podium.
4.     How is the rhythm and rhyme working so far?
5.     What are the challenges?
6.    How much time did it take?
7.     Finish your sonnet, and share it with me by classtime Monday, please.

More Sonnet Discussion
·      Finish Our Discussion of Shakespeare’s “Sonnet LXXIII”.

Poetry Analysis—It’s not a sonnet!  J
You’re going to explicate a poem in trios.
The analysis we’re using is called TP-CASTT (handout).
1.      Pre-Reading Information
a.     “The Sun Rising” is an aubade: a poem greeting the dawn, often involving lovers reluctant to separate.
b.    In “The Sun Rising,” Donne speaks to the sun using “apostrophe,” a rhetorical device in which he addresses an inanimate object (the sun) as if it were a person able to respond.
c.     Write a one-sentence definition for each of the following before you start reading.
                                      i.     John Donne
                                    ii.     Copernicus
                                   iii.     Galileo
                                   iv.     Heliocentrism
                                    v.     Geocentrism
                                   vi.     Conceit
2.     You fill find the poem HERE, WITH ANNOTATIONS!  Make sure you click on the annotations, please they will explain some of the terms you won’t know.
3.     Here is the Glossary of Poetic Terms.  Use it to help you define poetry terms you’re unsure of.
4.     Group Work
a.     Open, then MAKE A COPY of this TP-CASTT to use for your group work.
b.    Share it among yourselves, and with me.
c.     Make sure ALL THREE of you do some typing on this shared document.

Questions We Should Be Able to Answer After TP-CASTT
1.      How does Donne’s speaker feel about the coming of dawn? Which words or phrases best suggest his attitude?
2.     How does Donne compare the sun to a person? In his personification, what sort of person does Donne suggest the sun is? Is his comparison reasonable or absurd? Why or why not?
3.     Donne begins the poem by telling the sun to go bother “late school boys” and “country ants” because it can have no effect on love. Where else does Donne use wit, irony, or wordplay in the poem? What effect does it have on your understanding of the poem’s message?
4.     What kind of speech act does the speaker perform in each stanza: warning, challenging, showing off, etc. What audiences are being addressed in each of the stanzas?
5.     How do these movements contribute to the overall meaning of the text?

Extensions (Probably Monday)
1.      Explore “Assumption of the Virgin,” the painting by Renaissance artist Lodovico Cigoli who was a close friend of Galileo’s. The first example of Galileo’s telescopic views of the moon to appear in visual art, the painting depicts the moon at the feet of the Virgin Mary. Discuss how scientific developments of the Renaissance may have shaped Cigoli’s painting and Donne’s imaginative portrayal of the speaker’s encounter with the sun in this aubade.
2.     Consider Donne’s speaker’s persona, perspective, and tone in light of the intellectual milieu of this period.  Extend the discussion to include a comparison of a painting from the same period, “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” by Pieter Breughel, which depicts a very different relationship between human beings and heavenly bodies. W. H. Auden’s poem “Musee de Beaux Arts” comments on this painting.

How are We Doing on Our Plan for the Week?
1.      Finish viewing and note-taking on The Dark Ages.                             DONE 
2.     Understand the big picture of The Renaissance and Reformation.  
3.     Differentiate one era from another.
4.     See similarities between eras, where applicable.
5.     Continue culture discussion.
6.    Read English Renaissance poetry, mainly sonnets.
7.     Examine and apply techniques for how to explicate poetry.
8.    Consider the pendulum….

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