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EN 1001

October 23 1. About next week's papers: -choose topic & poetic element, pick which 2 poems -you should choose an element you understand & one that's significant to the poems -thesis statements: -not just pointing out similarities and differences, but discussing the significance of the similarities and differences -needs to specify the similarities and differences and state the significance to the poetic element -Ex. "Throughout his work, Al Purdy uses imagery, in particular the techniques of personification & symbolism, to convey the importance of art as a way of overcoming man's mortality." -Ex. "Nature imagery figures largely in both Sonnet 18 and 'it is a beauteous evening'; however, the diction used to develop that imagery in each poem suggests very different conceptions of nature and its relation to human life, with Shakespeare claiming ____ and Wordsworth claiming ____." -introductions: -begin with a statement about the 2 poems -do a tentative thesis statement -documentation: -see pp. 1251 & 1254 for tips -"____/____" --> format for quoting poems -give line numbers, not page numbers for in-text citations for poetry (lines 7-8) --> like this the first time; after that, just write the lines (9-10) -must be clear who the author is, whether by writing it in the text or by putting the poet's name in the citation 2. Lyric Poetry: the Sonnet -as a fixed form -iambic pentameter--> 5 stressed syllables and 5 unstressed -"sonnet" means "song"--> has a musical quality; expresses a moment of feeling/reflection -historical context: why the sonnet developed when it did -developed in the Renaissance -Renaissance: 14th & 15th century in Italy, 16th century in England -scholars started translating classical (Greek & Roman) literature & became aware of an entirely new way of life--> they were called humanists (b/c they focused on the human element) -believed people were able to achieve greatness in this life, in this world (before, this life was seen as preparation for heaven) -Protestant Reformation (16th century) -people were encouraged to look inward & examine their own feelings - importance of the individual -a form like the sonnet would only be able to develop in a world where humankind has dignity & importance in its own right, rather than just being sinners -Petrarch (14th century Italy) -wrote a sonnet sequence (consists of over 300), in all of which the speaker addresses his lady love, Laura
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