Focus: What can sestinas teach us about poetic form and meaning?
1. Warming up with "Here in Katmandu"
Moment (Which metaphors, words, phrases, images, etc. make you pause?)
Movement (What patterns start to emerge? Is there an extended metaphor? Where do you see progress, regression, shifts, repetition, circularity?)
Multiple Meanings (What complex ideas can infer about the speaker, situation, tone, themes?)
How does the structure of the poem fit its multiple meanings?
2. Trying out "Sestina" as a class; attacking the multiple choice as individuals
3. Working through some of the harder questions together
1. Please finalize your independent reading/essay proposal by Friday. Go ahead and acquire your book if you're pretty sure that I will approve it.
2. Follow the East of Eden reading schedule (31, 32, and 33); we will have a Socratic seminar on Friday. For your reading ticket, please perform a close reading on the passage of your choice from chapters 31, 32, or 33 following the same method we used in class today.