Monday, May 4, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Literary Movements Homework

Each of you needs to choose a different literary movement, research it - the characteristics, major themes, styles, employment of literary devices, authors, and bring one example of a poem from the period to share with the class and to discuss. You'll need to post all of these things on your blog so that your classmates can use it to study.

Lit Movements:

Metaphysical Poets
Neo-Classical or Augustan
Harlem Renaissance
Confessional Poets
Beat Poets
New York School of Poets
Black Mountain Poets
Black Arts Movement

Please start compiling note cards of literary devices.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Romantic Poets

Okay - this group is a little bit larger. Know or recognize the following poets:

Blake, William
Shelley, Percy
Wordsworth, William
Byron, Lord
Keats, John (the Odes)

Look them up this weekend.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Augustan Poets

For the Augustans you should concentrate mainly on Alexander Pope. Read "Essay on Criticism" and "Rape of Lock". Pay attention to the heroic couplets.

Go here for Pope's work on-line.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

AP Test Review

As we review for the AP Test you should spend an hour or so each night looking or reviewing poems from various periods of literature. We will look at each period briefly and examine some of the poems again for ideas.

The first period that you should reacquaint yourself with is the metaphysical poets. Remember John Donne is the greatest poet of this movement.

Go here for a website with an overview of the movement and many poems by each of the major poets.

You should also check out

Friday, March 27, 2009

Aeneid Essays

Just a reminder: Essays due on Wednesday April 1st. No Late Essays Accepted.

Enjoy the weekend.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Days of the Week

According to John Grigsby, author of Beowulf and Grendel, the English days of the week were adopted from the Romans. Below in the list:

Dies Solis = Sun-day
Dies Lunae = Mo[o]n-day
Dies Martis (the day of Mars) = Tiw's-day (Tiws is the Anglo-Saxon god of war)
Dies Mercurii (Mercury's day) = Woden's-day (Wednesday)
Dies Jovis (Jupiter's day) = Thunor's day (Thor's day or Thursday)
Dies Veneris (the day of Venus) = Frig's day (Friday)
Saturday - Saturn's day had no equivalent in Anglo-Saxon mythology so remained Saturday.

In Book 8, we see the following:

1) Hercules saved King Evander's people by destroying the terror of Cacus. Aeneas will rid Italy of the terror of Turnus.
2) Saturn, the father of the Gods, first lived (after he was kicked out of Heaven by Jupiter) on the hill that will become ROME.
3) The Gates where Hercules once stood will become the Roman Forum.
4) Evanders' people and Aeneas' people spring from the same place: Atlas (even though Evander's people are Greek).
5) Aeneas' mother, Venus, has Vulcan make Aeneas weapons of mass destruction.
6) The Tiber River, the god, comes to Aeneas in a god.