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Rainbows & Such - EL 150

January 29, 2005

If you aren't in EL 150 this term, then you may not have heard of the book How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. We're reading it for class but I'm finding to be a great book that I think would be useful to any English major.


I enjoyed the small section on rainbows. I've always enjoyed rainbows and have, in fact, a rather bizarre habit of "rainbow-hunting" in the summertime. On a warm spring or summer day, when the sun is shining and it starts raining, I hop in my car and start driving around, hoping to see a rainbow.

What's wild about rainbows is how beautiful they are and also how rare. I mean, conditions have to be just right in order to see one. I know that in my life rainbows represent spirituality and I always take seeing one as a sign that everything is going to be alright. What I never really thought about was that rainbows in literature pretty much mean exactly the same thing! Cool!

I also like the section discussing seasons. Each season has its one specific connotations in literature - like winter being bitterly cold and depressing and spring representing rebirth. I like that Foster suggests seasons are an easy way for a writer to create irony:

"In fact, our responses are so deeply ingrained that seasonal associations are among the easiest for the writer to upend and use ironically."

Seasons are something that we don't really think much about except, perhaps, when we complain about the seeming unending winters of southwestern Pennsylvania. Seasons, however, are common to all of us and can be easily incorporated in our writing. Nice.

Moira at 10:17 PM :: Comments (5) :: ::

Are you bored like me, Moira? I've never seen someone post so many entries in one night.

Posted by: Evan at January 29, 2005 10:24 PM

Actually, Evan, I just had a ton of homework & I was trying to get as much of it done as possible yesterday so that I had a little free time today. ;c) (and I'm always bored! hah!)

Posted by: moira at January 30, 2005 08:53 AM

What I wouldn't give to have enough free time to be bored again -- just for a little while!

Ah, youth...

Anyway, Moria and Evan, your blogging is coming along very nicely, so I guess you've earned a breather, at least as far as I am concerned!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 30, 2005 09:50 AM

Rainbows ROCK! I wanted one for my Blog banner, but didn't know how to go about doing it. Oh, well.

Posted by: Evan at January 30, 2005 10:23 PM

I can help you make a rainbow banner... i can't promise i'll have any free time any time soon but when i do.... ;c)

Posted by: moira at January 31, 2005 08:14 AM
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