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
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
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
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.