Thursday, November 9, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Honors 9- Notes Road Not Taken Robert Frost - The road symbolizes life and the two paths diverged represent a cross roads - “I” Could be anyone - The connotative grows naturally out of the denotative o The repetition of the “I” makes Mr. Stewart think there is a deeper meaning - AJ believes that this poem represents Christianity - This poem is about the nature of decisions, the poem speaks to the problem of decisiveness - We face cross roads in our life - This poem is about predetermination vs. freedom o Cross roads are a universal symbol with free dome • Romeo could have walked away • Oedipus was at the cross roads when he met his dad - This poem is existentialist, we are the sum total of our actions - It isn’t what we mean its what we are - The more someone knows, the less people like that person o Crab bucket mentality, the more you know the more you ostracize yourself with your knowledge
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Honors 9- Poetry Notes Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Robert Frost How a poem means, is based on the context of the symbolism The relationship and juxtaposition of one thing to another - “Dark and Deep” Could be a symbol of danger but when you put lovely in front of it, it becomes something else How does the connotative come from the denotative? - This is called understatement - You never say what you want to say, called objective correlative - T. S Elliot’s philosophy you never say what you want the reader to say or feel; you have the action create the feeling. They don’t feel it vicariously Don’t overwrite the symbolism “I” is symbolic: might be autobiographical, but I could also be anybody, you or me or us, any age, any time. Why is the person stopping and watching the woods filling up with snow? The horse is a foil, a minor character that has a different character to the major character, and one that points out the difference The horse is a symbol; horses don’t stop to watch woods to fill up with snow When he says “Little Horse” He is speaking to the lack of consciousness to the humans This poem is existentialist, I saw I-self and he hopes no one saw him doing this because he is self-conscious
Honors 9- Notes Benevolent- inclined to do good pg. 9 Resolution- decision or intention; will or willpower pg. 23 Inferior- less able or capable than pg. 29 Precision- exactness pg. 32 Ineffectual- unsuccessful pg. 34 gelatiness- jelly like pg.35 Plankton- microscopic plants and animals that float in great numbers in the sea pg. 40 Immune- unaffected pg. 36 Contempt- dislike or scorn pg. 36 Mysticism- knowledge transcending normal understanding pg. 37 Myriad- a great number pg. 40 Introduction to Ernest Hemingway: Born 1899-1961 Died of Suicide, shot himself Old man and the Sea published in 1951 is placed in Cuba, where Hemingway has a house Born in Oak Park Illinois When he was in high school, he played football and was a really good boxer Also the editor of his high school newspaper Hemingway is famous for his writing style, very economically, very sparse Brief, simple and clear, uses symbolism more than any other device He called it the Iceberg Principle, “I try to write on the principle of the iceberg, 7/8ths is underwater for every part that shows 1918 the US enters WW11; he volunteers to be an ambulance driver for the Italian army A shell blew the ambulance into the air, Hemingway’s back was crushed, but he still carried an injured soldier to get medical care He went back home to Chicago, and his mom couldn’t stand having him in the house anymore He lived in Paris and joined the expatriate society, headed by Gertrude Stein The Hemingway code: face fears steadfastly, be honest, be stoic, no boasting, be respectful to women, be self assured, be self reliant, be efficient, and loyalty Stoic: a philosophy of remain indifferent to outside events, and keep yourself together nothing can really hurt you Joe DiMaggio is a personal symbol for this code Is Hemmingway a negative example of his own theme? Father committed suicide He became a way correspondent in WW2 Had a big fishing boat down in Cuba 1953, he is on a safari in Africa and his plane crashes He wrote a short story “the snow of Kilimanjaro” He started partying and lost his writer soul, so he goes to Africa to detox but he contracts cancer Then in 1961 he kills himself
Monday, November 6, 2017
Honors 9- Notes Poetry uses language more intensely by using it more economically, saying less in order to say more. Poems don’t have to mean anything; they use symbols to give us a feeling for something. Review: three types of symbols (yesterdays notes) - Universal - Cultural - Personal The eagle: a cultural symbol The tiger: What do we connote with a tiger? Strength, Power, pride, dangerous How do we figure out what a poem means? - The poem itself is the message, and how the author uses literary devices - What literary devices does the poem use? o Alliteration o Rhythm and meter o Symbolism - Ask questions as to why the author used certain things: o Why the exclamation marks? To show the strength of the tiger o The poem is asking questions, asking someone a question - How things in the poem work together - AJ believes that the poem is a metaphor for Christianity - John explains how some of the pronouns represent god. “What immortal hand or eye” represents god “Fearful symmetry” Symmetry means balance, but why is it fearful “What the hand” Tigers don’t have hands “What dread hand and What dread feet? Why did Blake break the rules and capitalize Lamb? What is the poem really asking? Did he who made the lamb make thee. Did the creator create the lamb and the killer? Did the creator create good and evil? Why is “he” not capitalized? Why if god is all-powerful and all knowing, then why is there evil? Argument against god Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening: Does this poem mean something?