Just in case anyone wants a copy of Annabel Lee.
I wasn't sure if we were supposed to post our reflections, but I figured it couldn't hurt anything. I also wanted to comment that I had a really great time with the poetry slam. I've never done anything like that in any of my other classes and, plus, it was something fun and broke the monotany of class.
Reneé DeFloria and Katherine Lambert
American Lit. 1800-1915
Reflection on Poetry Slam
Dr. Dennis Jerz
October 4, 2004
Reflection on Oral Presentation of Annabel Lee
The responses we received were almost completely split down the middle. Half of the class said they loved our presentation, while the other half did not care for our production.
The first half of our responses included comments and suggestions such as: “more movement needed” and “make eye contact and hand gestures.” We felt that our lack of movement would add to the effect of this sad piece of literature, but apparently we were mistaken. We were trying to achieve a dismal and bleak atmosphere through our lack of movement.
On the other hand, many of our classmates enjoyed our interpretation of the poem. Some stated that we showed “good emotion” and respected our use of the different height levels “to show conscience and unconscious,” while others said they “liked it when we fluctuated our voice.”
In conclusion, we have learned that our peers’ opinions are valuable, although they may differ from our own. In our eyes, our poem may not have been perfect but we felt it best reflected Poe’s emotions and thoughts. Next time, although we may think that lack of movement and a dry, unenthusiastic voice may be best, we will keep in mind our classmates’ opinions and use their advice.
I've never been a huge fan of poetry (not that I haven't written a few "angsty" teenage poems in my time), but I'm really enjoying searching Emily Dickinson's poetry. I'm not sure why I've never had to study her before in any of my other classes...I'm just glad that I'm doing it now.
I haven't decided what poem I'm going to be reading for the slam and if I'm going to be doing it alone. If any one wants to work with me, let me. I bet it could be a lot of fun.
Here's a pretty good site to take a look at her poetry.
So, like I said previously, I'm new to blogging and, truthfully, feel odd just stating my feelings for all to see. I'm trying to think of it as a journal...that everybody can read.
Anyway, I finished reading the first nine chapters of The Scarlet Letter and wasn't I was surprised when I actually enjoyed it! I enjoy reading, but I'm more drawn to bloody, gory horror trash or trashy bodice-rippers. Not to say I haven't liked a classic a time or two, but they're really not my "thing."
Not a whole lot to say about the book so far, except that I'm hooked and I'm making a guess at the outcome. My psychic ability is kicking in and I'm guessing that the father of Pearl is (dun dun dun) Reverend Dimmesdale. It just seems like it all fits together...Hester won't tell who the father is, Dimmesdale has suddenly "gotten sick", and Chillingworth just happens to become friendly with the Reverend. My biggest tip off is in chapter 4 when Chillingswoth goes on about how he's going to find the man who did this and how he'll just know who it is through a feeling. And it just seems a little conveniant that he becomes great friends with the Reverend. To me, it all just seems to fit. I could be wrong, it just seems to be the right conclusion. Does anybody else see my point? Does anyone agree or am I just grasping at straws??
Well, this is my first "blogging experience"...I'm sure I'll find a way to foul this up. Anyway, we're supposed to discuss the readings that were due for class today.
I found both readings to be a little dry and I really wasn't interested in either of them. I've had to read "The Raven" for a few other classes, so it seemed a little old hat to me; on the other hand, this was my first "Mr. Mel" experience and I wasn't impressed with "Bartleby, the Scrivener." Maybe I missed something or my mind is just not developed enough for the classics...whatever the reason, I had to force myself to finish. On a positive note, I found Melville's style of writing elegant and I did enjoy the language, even though I didn't care for what the language was telling me.