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.
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.
The mystery text assignment is up. Read through the assignment prompt and bring any questions etc. to class.
For Thursday, we’ll be talking about Robert Frost’s poetry. As you annotate the poems, use your annotations to point out connections between the Frost poem and any of our previous five writers and their texts. (Make at least three annotations.)
In keeping with your emerging theme of “haunting,” let’s read some poetry by Edgar Lee Masters and Edwin Arlington Robinson. Make at least two annotations on Masters’ poems and two annotations on Robinson’s poems.
At first glance, the poems may seem a bit simple. However, I actually think they’re pretty weird, a lot weirder than most people give either Masters or Robinson credit for. Do you find anything in the poems odd or unsettling?
For Thursday, let’s read “The Dynamo and the Virgin,” an excerpt from The Education of Henry Adams. Make three annotations as you read – – try to annotate specific places in the essay where you have questions and/or find things confusing.