February 27, 2006

"To the Very Heart of Loss"

In the following essay, Simonds uses the study of Renaissance iconography as a tool to explore Antony and Cleopatra's characterization. Simonds emphasizes the ambivalence with which Antony and Cleopatra are drawn, in that they are portrayed as both extremely human and semi-divine.

Simonds says that Antony and Cleopatra should not be valorized as sharing a transcendent love affair. Cleopatra is the evil goddess(VAMPIRE) Fortune, who lures Antony to his doom by imparting the addictions of lust and gambling. Antony, then, is a silly fool. In turn, the two lovers must die to make way for a Christian world. Simonds' rather stunning argument is very much a source study: she draws heavily on analogies between Renaissance depictions of the goddess Fortune and Shakespeare's own version of Cleopatra. A source study such as this (Simonds seems to want to provide the definitive reading of Cleopatra) can seem very reductive.

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Shakespeare? Criticism?

In Levin's essay (1997), he studies three aspects appearing in the negotiations of Cleopatra and Caesar, and examines how these episodes illuminate the battle of wits between the two characters. This examination helps to inform Levin’s understanding of Cleopatra's decision to commit suicide.

Levin discusses Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Cleopatra the egyptian queen, only claiming that her suicide affirms a love for Antony nobler than any value in Caesar's world of cold political calculation, we would settle her assertion. But her claim is disingenuous to the extent that until this moment she spoke of suicide yet sought favorable terms of surrender. That Cleopatra suppresses her efforts to survive most critics would agree, while arguing among themselves about when she fully commits herself to death. Another claim implied in her boast, one she herself probably believes and which is endorsed by almost all critics, is that she makes her decision to die possessing correct information about Caesar's secret plans for her in captivity. Establishing when Cleopatra irrevocably settles on suicide, and whether at this moment Caesar's "policy" prevails or fails.

I feel that he set these specific goals to reach them, hoping it leads to the examination of an important issue affecting the shape of the closing action of the play.

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February 26, 2006

Lit Study ""Blogging""

Introduction to Literary Study has helped me to blog period. Before this course i heard a little bit about blogging, but never did any of it myself. I feel that with this skill i have a better knowledge on how to blog, which is important. Because the World Wide Web is always upgrading the use of technology. If i wouldnt know how to blog, i would be behind in the technological world. Blogging is a GREAT way for others to interact with each other, their works, comments, and ideas. Without blogging, we would have very minimal discussions. The next link that I attached is my blank verse. I attached it because it deals with blogging, and I wanted to see people's responses to it. Thank you!!

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Portfolio Entry

Hi, My name is Sarah Lodzsun. I am a sophomore here at Setonhill University. I am an Elementary education and Special education major. After graduating from Setonhill, I plan on moving to California to pursue my career. Listed below are some of my blog entries that I did for Dr. Jerz's class,Intro to Literary Study. I feel that this class so far has given me great insight as how to read and desipher poems,stories,plays, and overall blogging.


Ch's 1-3,5

Ch's 19&20

The Love Song

The Raven

I could not stop for death/Spring and Fall

The Machine Stops

To Build a Fire PartII

Writing for Literature

Bernice Bob's Her Hair

Interaction with an old classmate

Academic article on London

Click on comments!!

ShakespeareVS Criticism


A Twist of Fate, Antony and Cleopatra

To Build a Fire


Judith Oster

Blank Verse


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"Nuts" My Blank Verse

How do I write a Blank Verse? I dont know.
A poet, not I, can do it with ease.
I could think of something better to write,
If I were at the beach, well I just might.
I'd think of many ways to express love,
For the kiss of tides, and the sun above.
But instead I sit at the computer,
I pray Jerz doesnt find me tutor.
I try to write this blank verse, my heads fog'd,
My life has been consumed by devil blogs.
We all know that the quick days are going,
I better write this blank verse not knowing.
To the very brink of insanity,
Thats where writing blank verse has taken me!

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February 23, 2006

A Twist of Fate:

Antony and Cleopatra (Acts III-V) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I found it wise of Antony to give Endobarbous respect and he knew that he was only trying to survive and help himself. I was shocked when antony did not let his temper take control of the situation like before. I mean, he gave in which told me that he had a personal flaw and that he knew that getting mad wouldnt solve anything.

The thing that got to me the most at the end of the play was Cleopatra. I feel that she threw herself a pitty party. I compared this quote to real life situations now, such as jealous boyfriends and girlfriends. Antony went into a rage instead of finding the true meaning, and calming himself down.

To th' monument!
Mardian, go tell him I have slain myself.
Say that the last I spoke was "Antony"
And word it, prithee, piteously. Hence, Mardian,
And bring me how he takes my death. To th' monument!

In essence, the childish games that Cleopatra and Antony played during the whole play with each other, such as jealousy and guilt, lead to both of their downfalls. The amazing thing, well not really, is that Antony fell for it and decided to die himself.

I think that peoples personal lives have a major affect on this play. I feel that every character shared a similar quality and trait with their characterisitcs. Such as being in love with the same people. This play was very dramatic and full of love, which Shakespeare is great at providing the audience.

What can I say, Shakespeare definitely let his feelings spew at the end of the play. I enjoyed everything about this play and felt that it was well thought out, while at the same time kept my attention!!...

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February 14, 2006

To LOVE or Not to Love

Eliot, ''The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'' -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

This poem is definitely a love fest. at first I had a diffivult time trying to decipher what this poem was all about. I tried to think of what the author was trying to tell the reader. I asked a few friends what they thought it meant and we came up with the idea that it is about not being able to make a choice. Which is only human. I think that the guy in this poem is a guy who will wait till the last minute to do a task A.K.A. Procrastinator! This quote says alot!

"And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of toast and tea."

He feels that he has all the time in the world and that time will wait for him to tell the women that he loves her.

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The Raven

Coleridge,''The Raven'' -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I really liked this poem. I reflected back to when we read this in high school and I wondered why the author picked to use a raven in this poem. If any one has an idea let me know what you think.

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February 09, 2006

Poetry Selections -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

The drive symbolizes leaving life. Going from childhood, to maturity, then to the setting of the sun(dying).
I would like to discuss the quote, "We passed the setting sun" this quote lets me picture the sun rising and falling which seems to impersonate ones feelings and emotions. To me it seems that when the sun goes down and is done shining, it symbolizes a person's life. Just as life wears down and out of time. Live your life to the fullest and never take a day for granted because you never know when death will come,or what tomorrow holds.

"Ah as the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By and by nor spare a sigh Though worlds of manwood leafmeal lie;" This quote tells me that as you begin your journey through life things seem pretty simple, as you age and experience the real meanings of life, it becomes more intricate and confusing.

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February 07, 2006

Forster, ''The Machine Stops'' (online) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

The Machine Stops is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our society and how we may be affected by the use of technology. This story is a bit scary due to all the technology we use today. Even though this story was written prior to WWI,it is evident how true everything is that Forster stated about the role of technology. "They were left where they perished for our edification. A few crawled away, but they perished, too - who can doubt it? And so with the Homeless of our own day. The surface of the earth supports life no longer." This quote seems to me that technology will some day take over us and rule the world.

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Adding It Up!

Rice, The Adding Machine (1923) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)"You're a failure, Zero, a failure. A waste product...back you go. Back to your sunless groove, the raw material of slums and wars, the ready prey of the first jingo or demagogue or political adventurer who takes the trouble to play upon your ignorance and credulity and provincialism. You poor, spineless, brainless boob. I'm sorry for you!"

This particular quote made by LT. Charles to Mr. Zero made feel that Mr. Zero is unappreciated. I read this quote over and over wondering how someone could say this to a man who is only trying his hardest to do what he can, not only for himself but for others as well.
This is not a subtle play by any means. Rice is not making the human very romantic and nurturing in this play. Shrdlu was determined that is mother did not care for him, and that he was of no use to her. The reason that he killed her still sticks out in my mind. On the other hand i found it strange that he enjoyed being mistreated or the fact that something bad may happen to him in the after life.

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February 06, 2006

Find a Reason..

A thank you to Matt Hampton; "Bernice had been such a dependent person at the start of the story. The newfound popularity and attractiveness to boys she developed gave her confidence. That confidence resulted in the necessary amount of inner strength and independence she mustered to cut Marjorie’s braids. Had the old Bernice been faced with this dilemma, she would likely have whined and cried and acquiesced and done nothing about it."

After reading what Matt had stated on this part of the passage, i now have a better understanding of why Bernice enjoyed her revenge so much. I also feel that if Bernice had not gained popularity and confidence in herself, she probably would not have followed through with the who "scalping" scenerio. I was actually glad to see her do what she did, because it isn't called sweet revenge for nothing!

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February 03, 2006

Academic Article on London (TBA) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I agree with what Elyse stated about the influences and location where you were raised. I know that being raised in a small city has had an impact on me and has implanted on my brain that when i have my own house i want to live in the city.

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February 01, 2006

A Little Tricky!

Ex 1-2b: Quotation Marks (10pts) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

This excercise had a few questions that puzzled me. Althought i do feel that with more practice i will only become better at using quotation marks, and punctuation.

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"HOW" To Build a Fire

London, ''To Build a Fire'' (online) -- Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150)

I enjoyed reading this story so much that i let my sister read it (which she enjoyed as well). I feel that the reason we both enjoyed reading this story is because of the real life comparrisons, and the quality of reality that it holds.

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A Trifle Hard to figure Out!

Glaspell, ''Trifles'' (1916) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

County Attorney: Well, ladies, have you decided whether she was going to quilt it or knot it?

"Trifles" was written in 1916, which would make this work's settingin the 19th century. When women were not aloud to vote nor attend juries. Women were strictly confined to the care and labor of the children and the household.

This play reminded me of a story that I read my freshman year here at Seton Hill, that dealt with minority and biased aspects towards women. Reading this play gave me another perspective to look at biased situations/mysteries, and what can be done to solve them.

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Glaspell’s play consists of a mere five players, three of whom are men – a fact which in itself demonstrates the establishment of women as a minority. This play reminded me of last year in seminar thinking and writing, we read alot of stories about minority women and biased thoughts.

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Writing for Lit

After I read the passage "Writing for Literature",I came to the conclusion that writing assignments, such as close readings need structure. Structure helps to build your paper into a strong piece of writing. When writing you need to include a thesis statement(the main idea of your paper), a body and an ending(conclusion). Your examples in your thesis should be a reflection of you main idea.

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