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February 28, 2006

Portfolio One EL267

This is my first Blog Portfolio. This is actually my first experience with blogging. At first, I had a hard time with it. I found it difficult and confusing. However, as the weeks went by, I found it easier to blog and interact.

Coverage-These entries are from the assigned readings throughout the semester so far. Unfortunately, at the beginning, my entries were not very informing or in deoth. However, as the days pass, they get better.

Judith Oster on Desert Places
At this time, I was not aware of MT QuickPost

At this time, I was still not aware of MT QuickPost

Bernice Bobs Her Hair

The Adding machine

The Great Gatsby 1-3

The Great Gatsby 4-6

The Great Gatsby 7-9

Depth- These entries are of that which I went more in depth with. Unfortunately, until recently, I didn't grasp the concept of depth. Therefore, most of mine are not in depth enough. From now on, they will be.

The Great Gatsby 4-6

The Great Gatsby 7-9

Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Interaction- These blogging entries illustrate that how blogging helps you to understand the readings better. I have commented on several peer's work to which I either agreed or disagreed with its content. This helps to strike up discussions both through blogs and in the classroom. In most of my blogs, I agreed with what was said. It was in the classroom discussions that most of my disagreements came up.

The Adding Machine
I commented on Jennifer DiFulvio's entry

The Great Gatsby 4-6
I commented on Sean Runt's entry

The Great Gatsby 7-9
I commented on Brenda Christeleit's entry

Discussions- These entries illustrate that some of my blogs created a discussion. That others either agreed or disagreed with my entries.

The Adding machine

The Great Gatsby 7-9

The World Trade Center

Timliness- Like I had mentioned before, I really did not graspt the idea of blogging until recently. As a result, I do not think that many of my blogs struck many conversations.

The Adding Machine

Xenoblogging- These three entries were that in which I were the first to comment on a peer's entry.

Roberts on Character (Brenda Christeleit)

Roberts Appendix B (Lisa Randolph)

Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Megan Ritter)
(Professor Jerz got to it first, but I was the first peer)

Wildcard-This entry is one that i chose that shows my accomplishments as a weblogger. I chose my last entry because I feel that it took me until this entry, sadly, in order to realize that these blogs should be taken seriously. Therefore, this entry, in my opinion, is one that I think I gave it my best.

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) -- Jerz: American
Lit II (EL 267)

I feel that over the last few weeks, I have increased my blogging skills. I hope to get even better at it as the semester progresses.

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February 27, 2006

the article

Article: Kumamoto -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

I cant figure out how to find this article with the search engine.

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The Great Gatsby 7-9

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) -- Jerz: American
Lit II (EL 267)

"There was nothing I could say, except the one unutterable fact that it wasn't true."

It is very ironic that it was Daisy infact that had killed her husband's mistress without even knowing. Nick states that it was unutterable to tell Tom that it was Daisy that had done it. Obviously, if he told him, the story would take another turn. However, what really would happen if he told him?

Also, why didn't Daisy stop? Did she know all along about her husband? Was she that much of a fool? Maybe she knew? None of these questions were really answered.

I also wish that Nick was burned. I really hate his character. That is harsh, but I do feel this way.

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February 22, 2006

Great Gatsby 4-6

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"I keep it always full of interesting people, night and day."

There were a lot of passages that I liked in this story so far. At the beginning of the book, I thought it strange that this man throw all these parties. However, when Daisy was introduced into Gatsby's life, it made sense. I think Gatsby was hoping that Daisy would see the lights in his home and come to a party. I also see that poor Gatsby really had all of these parties so that she wouldnt be alone. The ironic part is that with all the guests, he is still alone without Daisy.

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Appendix B

Roberts, Appendix B -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"Accodingly, this appendix provides general guidlines for making electronic source citations,..."

This appensix does do a great job at explaining how to do these citations. If i follow this, I will not have a hard time at all.

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February 21, 2006

Great Gatsby chpts 1-3

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) -- Jerz: American
Lit II (EL 267)

"And I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing for a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."

I found this sad. Obviously, in the 20's women were not as superior as the men as we seen in "Trifles." It is horrible when a mother makes this comment about their child. However, I guess a woman is better off not paying attention to what is going on and playing stupid so that they do not get hurt.

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Appendix B

Roberts, Appendix B -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

These few pages are very helpful to me. They show several examples which is very helpful.

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Chapter 5

Roberts, Ch. 5 -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"It's too much like life itself to be fiction."

I found this to be a pretty interesting quote. Is this saying that life lacks motivation and causation. In my opinion, humans run off of motivations. Today, sadly, people cound on motivations to get them to do most things in life.

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February 13, 2006

Poetry slam william' poem

Poetry Cover Slam 2 -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

I chose Williams' poem The Act on page 175

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Chapter 13-writing about prosodu

Roberts, Ch. 13 -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"in ordinary speech, and in prose, rhythm,is not as important as the flow of ideas." "In poetry, rhythm is significant because poetry is emotionally charged, compactm and intense."

I find it amazing how just the way one reads a group of words can change its meaning. I guess because of that one can make a poem have a different meaning every time it is spoken. It is cool.

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Chapter 10 Symbolism and Allegory

Roberts, Ch. 10 -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"...often caused authors to express their views indirectly in the form of allegory rather than to name names and openly, thereby risking political prosecution, accusations of libel, or even bodily harm."

I think this is a great way to get ones point accross. However, I think that it is horrible that we must give points indirectly. We should be able to speek what is on our minds without a fear of being punished.

I also have always like symbolism. I think that it makes writing interesting because it is almost like a puzzle. It makes a work more enjoyable in my opinion.

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Poetry Slam poem choice

Ex 1-2b: Poetry Slam -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

I chose Stvens' poem The Death of a Soldier on page 128

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February 7, 2006

The Adding Machine

Rice, The Adding Machine (1923) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"He's dead to the world."

I really like this comment because it is humorous. For one thing, the man is dead. I found it funny.

I must admit that this play makes no sense to me. I am puzzled. I hope the other blogs and the lecture will help me out.

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Ex 1-2a: Poetry Analysis -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

I do not understand what this is telling me to do. I am sorry.

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February 6, 2006

Oral Interpretation

Oral Interpretation -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"Oral presentation is an act of persuasion."

I have never thought of it this way. However, looking back on poem presentations in high school, I realize that I was conveying my message of the poem through my actions and voice. You can make a poem sound sad even if it isnt meant to. If you do it good, you can convince them that it is sad when it isnt. It is really like acting. hmmm...interesting...

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Bernice Bobs her hair

Fitzgerald, ''Bernice Bobs Her Hair'' (1920) -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"Marjorie's mouth curling in a faint ironis smile..."

I think that the Marjorie told Bernice to use that subject on purpose. Marjorie is such a horrible person that I don't see her honestly trying to help her. Therefore, I think that Marjorie knew that she would use it against her in the future.

As i was reading, I was thinking to myself that If i were Bernice, I would have cut Marjorie's hair off. I was delighted to see she did!

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Chapter 3 Character

Roberts on Character -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

"Characters in fiction should be true to life."

When I read a novel, I expect the characters to act as I would. Therefore, I understand what Roberts is saying. A fictional actor cannot be perfect. I don't know about other people, but I like to read novels where I can relate to a character. If I can't, I do not get into the story.

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February 1, 2006

I am starting to understand close reading

Ex 1-1a: Close Reading 1 -- Jerz: American Lit II (EL 267)

During class today, I started to realize the point of close reading. I realize that I must look deeply into the reading to pick out a significant idea, object, etc.

Close readings are not too complicated

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There really isnt anything at the moment that I would like to discuss. In class, however, I am sure that I will have some questions once we start talking about it.

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