Use the Poetry Foundation website (or app) to find any poem, written by an American from 1915-present, that you feel is relevant to what you have been reading. Use direct quotes from the poem to demonstrate your ability to make an interpretive argument that draws on your close reading skill, and in order to demonstrate that your chosen poem is relevant, you’d probably need to quote passages from Invisible Man (though I’d also welcome a response that does a good job applying something from Foster).
Remember not to start at the beginning of the poem and work carefully through it, paraphrasing each section to demonstrate that you understand it. You may, if you wish, write that kind of an exploratory response on your own, and you are welcome to post it as a separate blog entry and include it in your portfolio; however, this assignment asks you to take a particular stand, rather than “start writing stuff” and end up with “a good idea.”
Because it’s lunch time as I write this, and I’m hungry, this metaphor came to mind. I don’t want to read a blog entry that describes you messing around in the kitchen, throwing various things in various appliances and then reporting that activities lead to the most recognizably positive result. Instead, I want you to begin your response by serving me the beautiful intellectual meal you’ve assembled.
There is no length requirement for this post, but I encourage you to consider it for one of your “Depth” portfolio items.
While I don’t actually require you to post this assignment on this day, today at 2pm is the last day you can see Urinetown at Seton Hill. Regardless of what day you see the play, submit your blogged reactions here.
You are welcome to start out by listing things that surprised you, but please move on from summarizing things we all saw, and demonstrate your ability to treat the production you saw as a new text, one that includes all the words from the script but also includes all the other theatrical choices that the director, actors, and other creative staff members put into the production.
I am not actually assigning you to write a full-blown play review, but if you are curious, and you would like to make a full play review part of your blog portfolio, here are some tips: How to Review a Play. (Note that it’s not the reviewer’s job to summarize the plot or give advice to the director or actors what they should have done; rather, your job is to defend a thesis on to what extent the play succeeded — or failed — and how.)
Considering that we have not only read the play but also seen a production, and considering that your peers in the theater department have worked as hard on this project as you might work on a semester-long research project, or as hard as you might work practicing on a team, I encourage you to put more than the usual amount of effort into your analysis. While there is no length requirement, I encourage you to think of this entry as part of your “Depth” portfolio.