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Introduction to Literature Week 4

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So we started poetry today and finished fiction - with a bang: Balzac and Poe. Two challenging stories that open the brain corpuscles just a little more. I must admit I do love the intensity of the writing in Balzac. He takes you right inside his characters' feelings and emotions and there is such a density of impressions surrounding each moment of his writing. No wonder it takes several readings to get this whole amazing story into some kind of focus... so please don't give up. Challenging yourself to read and then read again for understanding is truly one of the BEST ways of expanding your reading ability, the quickness of your response AND your vocabulary... none of this effort is lost. So just because we have "DONE" it in class it doesn't mean its now dead and gone: FAR FROM IT.... now it becomes a real source of potential learning for you... You have done the first stage of the effort: you have sort-of read it and sort-of understood it... but NOW you suddenly have the benefit of all that rich discussion in class... there are a whole lot of new ideas floating around your head. So don't give up on it now... not just now... while you still have the batton in your hand.... run with it to the end of the race... enlarge your understanding and enjoy this master of fiction!.
And the poetry... well I must say I do really enjoy sharing my favourite poems with you.... and I love them reading them aloud too.... thanks for your enthusiastic and intelligent response... I think together we had a great time with these introductory poems... Whose woods these are I think I know..... what a great poem for silencing the mind and bringing me in touch with the things that are really important... for a moment... in this busy world.... for a breath we can find this extraordinary stillness in which the unnameable mystery of the universe - and our lives in it- is briefly revealed... and then that horse just keeps pulling us on......
Have a great weekend.
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Date:March 18th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)


That poetry class was awesome Michael.The energy was amazing in the class.So interesting to hear the different connotations everyone has to poetry.Went straight to the library and read the poems we'll be talking about in class next week.Loved the imagery used in Denise levertov's 'The Dead Butterfly''bold cut of the wings'-how sublime.
Janice Mirikitani's 'Breaking Tradition' i'm sure is going to cause quite a stir.For it's very reflective to some degree of mother/daughter relationship today.It'll be interesting to see how the girls in the class react to it.
I hope the thing with having you on as a friend on live journal is all good now.I went to the library straight after class and got your file/clicked user info/and then clicked the man with the cross.That's right isn't it.I was thinking last night that possibly I tried doing that through the i-net the first week when you told me not to do anything through i-net as they get lost.If that was the case i'm extremely sorry and I hope now i've got it all right.My God this whole computer thing has been a nightmare for me.But i'm finding I get better every week.Thanks for your patience.By the way,i'm absolutely loving the tuts and lectures.English is my major.I pray your going to continue to be our teacher.Can't wait till the tut on friday.See ya.regards Marc.
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Date:March 18th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)


Thanks for the positive feedback Marc... the energy helps me too... I am thrilled that you are falling in with it so enthusiastically. I too am going to be very interested to see how Mirikitani shapes up in the tutorials... and yes I do now have your LiveJournal in my "Friends" list... and it is looking fantastic....
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Date:March 19th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)

woods photo

What a great picture of the woods and snow.
It adds a lovely visual element to the poem.
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Date:March 20th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)

Week 4

Hey Professor,
I missed the lecture on friday but I have done reading on Sarrasine and Poe, and I would have to agree with your notion that they were a difficult, but interesting read. I just wanted to emphasise how much I am looking foward to moving further into the poetry aspect of this course, and I hope the poems are as challenging as the narratives we just studied.

Have a good day :)
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Date:March 20th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)

siobhan the poet...

Hey Michael,
I was a little inspired by the poetry class on Friday and besides all odds.. i attempted one for myself.. i am finding it difficult to accomplish the whole community as i wanted to post it there, so i just placed it on my live journal url.. please check it out and leave a comment... criticism is good..
Siobhan xoxoxo
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