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resume Membean work for week of Mon Mar 19 thru Sun Mar 25
learning goal: which of my stronger poems do I want to enter in one of this year’s poetry contests?
extra credit opportunities
book drive (3 books by Mar 8): on index card–your name, date, book titles
“Agatha Rex” (Tue, Wed Mar 6,7): incontrovertible evidence of attendance at whole play
Hafez warm-ups: listening and experimenting
National Student Poetry Contest (deadline Mon April 30): http://libraryofpoetry.com
HIES Contest (deadline Wed Mar 7): http://hiespoetrycontest.wikispaces.com/
time to prepare poems for one, or both, of the contests
wyrd sisters’ lines from Macbeth
HIES Poetry Contest
Steve Marine Poetry Award
Fame! Cash Prizes! Immortality!
2018 RULES AND REGULATIONS
Available online at http://hiespoetrycontest.wikispaces.com/
1) Student contestants must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at HIES.
2) Each student may submit up to three poems.
3) Each poem may be written in any form or style,
except: each poem must be no longer than 2 single-spaced pages
each poem must be in a readable font (such as Courier or Times New Roman, etc.)
4) Submit four paper copies of each poem:
In one envelope labeled “Entry,” submit three copies without your name on them.
In a separate envelope labeled “Name,” submit a fourth copy of the entry with your name on the poem.
5) All poems must be original works and the sole work of the student who submits them.
6) All entries are potentially considered for publication in Rhyme and Reason unless the submitting student specifically indicates to not do that. The winning poems will be published in Rhyme and Reason.
7) All poems must be turned in to Dr. Swann no later than Wednesday, March 7. Awards ceremony date TBA.
3rd Place: $50
2nd Place: $75
1st Place: $100
“Things that are true expressed in words that are beautiful.”
—Dante Alighieri, definition of poetry
Please bring a paper copy of your complete ghazal to class. Thank you.
For now, that’s the only place to put your poem–i.e., on paper. Thanks again.
Next week you will receive a booklet/bookmark that contains our reading schedule for Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner.
for the week of
Jan 22—page 100
Jan 29—page 213
Feb 5—page 310
Feb 12—page 371
In other words, by the end of the first week I expect everyone has read at least to page 100. The rest of the schedule follows this pattern.
Enjoy the story, and pace yourself well enough to keep up with the schedule. Periodically, you will write about portions you have read.
The TURNITIN submission that follows the in-class-email assignment this week still applies–to all three sections.
Special note to H block class: see in-class-email instructions you received early Wednesday afternoon. I expect you to complete this assignment from home, whereas the other two sections did this exercise during Tuesday’s class.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST, RATHER THAN EMAILING ME PRIVATELY. Doing so will benefit not only yourself, but also others.
SPECIAL NOTE: YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO REVISE A SECOND ASSIGNMENT ONLY AFTER HAVING COMPLETED THE FIRST REVISION. A REVISION IS COMPLETE, ONCE YOU HAVE RETURNED THE ANNOTATED RUBRIC.
Some questions/comments from Mr. Jerry Pendrick, Classics Scholar, who will visit our classes after Thanksgiving. Consider these questions about Antigone. If these give rise to others, great! Bring your ideas and questions back to school. Mr. Kendrick is excited to discuss Sophocles’ play with you. BTW, he has read it in the original Greek.
“Most modern readers sympathize strongly with Antigone. In democratic Athens, how would the audience feel about Antigone — who is essentially a princess and daughter of the (former) king, a sort of Ivanka Trump figure, a member of the “1%” of Athenian society — asserting her right to disobey laws she happens to disagree with?
What exactly are Antigone’s motives for disobeying Creon’s edict? Are they religious, as her famous speech at lines 450–457 suggest? Or are they purely personal, as her speech at 920ff suggests? Is she a consistent character who operates from consistent principles/motives?
The plot of the play proves that Creon was ultimately in the wrong. Does it also prove that Antigone was ultimately in the right? Why or why not? A related question is: what actually does it mean to be an Athenian tragedy?
This should provide enough fodder for discussion.”