For Tuesday, let’s start talking about the Harlem Renaissance/New Negro movement. All you have to do for class is watch the Duke Ellington video above. (However, if you want to get a head start on our reading – – read and annotate (3 annotations) the Langston Hughes essay, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.”)
Also, nota bene: I’ve posted our “Waste Land” assignment – – due Thursday, November 9.
Yes, more Eliot! On Tuesday, you raked through one piece of the “Waste Land” with our motif list. Your goal on Thursday: use one or more motifs to connect this one piece to at least three other pieces of the poem. E.g. find three other short(ish) scenes in the poem that seem to repeat or develop the motifs you found in your original fragment/scene/piece.
Yes, let us go then, back to Eliot’s “Waste Land,” like a patient etherized upon a table. As you re-read the poem, think about the various motifs (zombies, time, wet/dry, polyglossia, etc.) that we located in “The Burial of the Dead.” Can you locate instances of these motifs in later sections of the poem? How does the poem add to or develop these motifs?
For Thursday, finish reading Eliot’s “Waste Land.” As you read through the rest of the poem, think about some of the themes and motifs (from “Burial of the Dead”) that we discussed on Tuesday.
The University should be open on Tuesday, so let’s talk about some “Waste Land“! For Thursday, just read the first section of Eliot’s poem – – “The Burial of the Dead.” Don’t worry about annotating (although you can if you want to).
It’s Stein time! Let’s talk about Stein’s “Sacred Emily.” Make three annotations. Don’t worry about making “sense” of the poem; instead, annotate the three most interesting words you find in the poem and explain what makes them interesting or perplexing or funny or charming or weird.
For Thursday, let’s read some poetry by William Carlos Williams! Let’s focus particularly on “To Elsie,” “This is just to say,” and “The Poor.” Make at least three annotations on the Williams poems of your choice.
As you read Williams, think about the three criteria of “modernism” that we developed from our discussion of The Armory show: process, anti-tradition, difficulty/defamiliarization.
Let’s visit the 1913 Armory Show! Take your time and wander through the galleries. As you do, find the painting or sculpture that you think is the most “modern.” Write a couple of paragraphs explaining what makes this piece of art modernist. (As you reflect and write, think about some of the themes we’ve started to talk about in re “modernism” – – i.e. using form to subvert forms; representation over reality; consciousness versus the thing; speed; perception; etc. ) Bring the writing to class.
For Thursday, let’s read some Ezra Pound. Let’s try something a little different with our annotations: instead of textual annotations, use images or video to annotate the two pieces by Monsieur Pound. (Not sure how to do this? It’s easy. Check out hypothesis’s quick, simple guide to visual annotation.)
Read Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poems and make at least three annotations.
Don’t forget: our Mystery Text assignment is due on Tuesday, September 26. Full details here. (Questions about the assignment? If you get them to me before noon on Saturday, I’ll try to answer them.)