Thursday, March 17, 2011

class study: English 201

For the next 4 Thursdays, I will be doing a series on my classes! Each Thursday will be a different class and it will basically just be my notes from class that day. My professors are pretty entertaining, so it shouldn't be too boring. :)

Today I had 3 classes, but I decided to begin my series with English 201: Introduction to Literature. Here are my notes...they're rather sporadic because my English professor is scattered and sporadic, but I hope you enjoy going back to college for a short time! (they're also more or less in the form that they are in my notebook)

Lewis Carroll's Poetry
-Literary ballad: poems and narratives
-"Scarborough Fair" 
     -anonymous, literary ballad (we listened to it). it's an image of Shalom
my professor:
"some guy went into town and forgot his sheepskin. that would be an example of a narrative poem."
My professor was having trouble working the projector. He reminds Brit and I of the character Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He always has problems with technology and complain about it. Like today:
"oh, power button." "I hate this world." "Just turn off you useless piece of trash."
Terms for test:
1. onomtopoeia - words that sound like what it is. developed from a sound effect. "pop" "buzz"
2. alliteration - words that all start with the same letter or a repetition of consonants. "candy corn" "lovely little ladies"
3. assonance - repetition of vowel sounds. "tied" "time"
"do you hear the slamming of windows, you young Armenians?" -my professor asked as we all slammed the windows shut because the Armenian high school kids that share our campus were being really loud.
4. euphony - good sound, melodious sounds
5. cacophony - clattering sound, dissonant sounds.
-read "Blackberry Eating" by Galway Kinnell.
"words are juicy little fruits" -my professor.
6. rhyme - creating sound patterns. "tree" "thee"
7. eye rhyme - spellings that look similar but are pronounced differently. "cough" "bough"
8. feminine rhyme - a softer rhyming sound
9. slant rhyme - kinda right but not quite. 
"I eat cheese
at sunrise
most days, Bruce"
-our professor's poem.
Poem study: "God's Grandeur"
by Gerard Manly Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God
It will flame out, like the shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do mean then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs--
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

there's tons of alliteration, eye rhyme, end rhyme, assonance, and internal rhyme. Hopkins created his own rhythm called "sprung rhythm." 
"Pied Beauty" and "The Windhover" are also poems by Hopkins. He created a wall of words with his rhyme. 
-The End-

And that was my English class today. It had it's funny moments, but that's hard to translate into the blog. I hope you enjoyed it anyways! Next Thursday, I'll share a little bit of my History class with you. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! (and I'm not wearing green.. I know...pinch me.)

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