Second years: we plunged into the Russians this week.... and I sensed a strong response from many of you to the depth and magic of Tolstoy.... my suggestion for a writing task this week: write a letter to Tolstoy; tell him how he has made you think more deeply about some issues in your own life. Or write a letter to Mrs Illych commiserating with her and offering her support. Or write a poem in praise of Gerasim!
Third years: the fool, the fool, the fool, the fool.... write a short piece identifying the ways in the fool can help to expose the idiocies of the world.... or you might play the fool yourself and send up some absurdity in our way of life, in our media that needs to be soundly trounced..... or you might like to take a single line of one of Shakespeare's sonnets and begin your own poem by quoting that single line and then building your own thoughts upon this.... this is an ancient and noble way of beginning a poem by the way... a tribute to the master and a way of initiating your own creativity.... or you might of course turn to anyone else's LJ and write a helpful and supportive comment.... this might be especially useful for some struggling first or second year student.... play the good samaritan......
Or you might be inpired to write a poem or prose piece inspired by this wonderful piece of lunacy (earthacy!!!!!):