Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Shakespeare & Research


Shakespeare & Research
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Read and take notes on the article
Post a synopsis of your article on the blog
Share what is important from your article with your group
Synthesize the groups’ articles: Develop TWO KQs


20 comments:

  1. Esmeralda 3A

    My article was titled "How Poetry Can Change Lives," an article about the inspirations that led poet John Burnside to win the 2015 TS Eliot award. He explains that poetry has changed his life because poems have changed the way that he looked at and listened to the world. What was most enjoyable for me to read was how he described poems as containing a secret language, one that goes unnoticed when every day life is so fast paced that we fail to realize what's really there. Hannah Arendt, mentioned in the article, defines the metaphor "the means by which the oneness of the world is poetically brought about." The article goes onto describe the making of poetry, the metaphor, as "the music of what happens," and as a person that enjoys poetry I truly agree with this statement. Poetry is very much about personal experience, as I have concluded by this article, and have assured my beliefs on the true nature of poetry.

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    1. Tiyra

      It's true that to really understand poetry one must read it slowly and take in the full effect just like chewing slowly to understand and savor the flavor of the food. Since you agree with the statement that poetry is the music of what happens, do you think deaf people can understand poetry or will they forever miss the sound component of poetry? Is that component essential to a poem?

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  2. Tiyra

    My article was about Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet No. 43. This poem has a sort of being that defies logic and is confusing without the proper guidance. E.B.B. presented her work as translations in order to explore her own feelings and publish them without feeling embarrassment. I think this was probably because if someone were to ask her about the content of the poem, she could waive it away by saying that it is a translation error. The opening line of the poem is “How do I love thee?” (The poem begins mid-conversation). Some believe that E.B.B. is addressing herself, but it’s more commonly thought that she’s addressing someone else and wants the audience to feel and understand that presence. Her purpose in writing this poem and beginning with the question “How do I love thee?” is most likely to show the incalculable wonder of love. She is described by the author of the article as being able to “write a life on the back of a postcard” and I’d have to agree. The type of poem she chose to write only lends itself to the fact that love is so broad and undefinable.

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  3. The article I read was entitled “ Did Shakespeare want to supress his sonnets?” The article discusses how Shakespeare may have never wanted his sonnets released to the published after his death. Shakespeare’s sonnets were “bootlegged” by Thomas Thrope and evidently without Shakespeare’s permission. in his sonnets he mentions a “young fair” and to some it hints that he may have been writing about himself because sonnets can be autobiographical. Another theory was that Shakespeare was writing about his peer, William Herbert, Lord of Pembroke, possibly suggesting their encounters. During that time period it was obscene to ever be “gay” or discuss anything of the sort. Which relates back to the idea that Shakespeare may have not wanted to have his sonnets published. Additionally, Shakespeare's sonnets were published by Thomas Thorpe in 1606 and SHakespeare did not die until 1616.
    Joycelyn 3A

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    1. Tiyra

      If Shakespeare died in 1616, that's a total of 10 years he had to do something about his bootlegged poems. If he didn't want his works published, why did he let it be? Given, there's still a question of why Shakespeare waited until old age to have his works published. Maybe he was having second thoughts?

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  4. Jesse 3A

    My article, The Advantages of the Sonnet Form in Poems. Helped me learn a lot about why a sonnet is specifically the way it is and it advantages when it comes to finding focus and themes. Every word in a sonnet is equally weighed since its short there can me many themes so the reader is forced to consider every word. Again because of the few lines a sonnet has it can make an iambic perimeter, and can give poets leverage to put intense emotion in the sonnet. There is never a certain emotion or theme that can be in a sonnet, it can be about love, politics, nature, and death. etc

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  5. Taylor 3A
    Scope & Applications

    The Griot and African American Poets

    In the West African culture there is a particular person in each tribe that is called a griot (gree-o). A griot in simple terms is a person that commits all of their time to memorize and then recite past events. However, a griot is cherished not for their ability to recite but their infinite wisdom that rulers over countless centuries appreciated. Griots expressed the values and morals of the past and blended them to present values. This was very important for a ruler who desired to make honorable and ethical decisions. Griot’s are praised in their specific communities as well as the world because they can objectively interpret significant events that would be otherwise lost and forgotten; history would inevitably repeat.

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    1. Mubeen 3A

      In a way, the griot would be the secretary or historian of each tribe? Looks like the griots are the scholars of the tribes.

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    2. Tiyra

      Does this remind anyone of The Giver? Do you think it's ethical to have only one person who has all the knowledge while everyone else remains ignorant dependent on the interpretation of a single person? Is this not a type of dictatorship?

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  6. Mubeen 3A

    My article is titled, "Afghanistan has poetry in its Soul" by Reza Mohammadi. The overall gist of the article discusses how poetry is a huge part of afghan culture. Poetry connects the afghans because it is a huge part of their life and they are very close to it. It talks about how the Talibans have recently published a poetry book in the UK, but many people found it strange because they do not have afghan lifestyle and culture within them. The Talibans are more connected to poetry than they are to radical islam. The article also says how poetry flourished during the reign of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni because he was a man of poetry that encouraged it within his people. The first poem was made out to Yaqub (persian king), but he did not understand it in Arabic, so from then on all poetry was written in Farsi. Interestingly, poetry started by women because they would recite poetry to their infants, and the mothers would learn from their own mothers. In afghan culture, there is a book called "Divane Hafiz of Shiraz" and its the book of knowledge, containing everything from poetry to philosophy. The article also mentions how there is another book called "Shahname" and it is a great work of poetry written 1000 years ago, with the aim of preserving persian language and culture.

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  7. Nadia
    Historical Development Article #2 A Sonnet Without Love: Claude McKay's Poetry Riddled with Hate, Startling Reality, and Voyeurism

    This article is about 20th century poet Claude McKay. McKay wrote sonnets infused with "life long hate," that challenged sonnet ideals. He created tension with juxtaposition between strict form and molten subject. In his poem "The Harlem Dancer," McKay used an exotic dancer in a gentlemen's club to illustrate segregated African Americans trying to exist beyond their predetermined social contexts. In his poem "The Lynching," McKay used people's reactions to a man who has been hung for an unforgivable sin, to represent the uninhibited voyeurism that enraptures society. In both poems, there are onlookers who get a perpetual sense of satisfaction in the failures of others, bringing out McKay's idea that society is voyeuristic.

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  8. temitope 3A
    The argument of my article is whether it is harder to write a sonnet or a hip hop verse. In the beginning of the article there is an excerpt of someone's opinion on this argument, and the person said that it is harder to write a sonnet than it is to write a rap because the rules of sonnets are so strict and rigid. The person said that rap was the opposite, its parameters are loose, random, and put no emphasis on the concentration of mood or meaning. The author of the article had an adverse opinion on the argument. He did not know which one was harder and claimed that they were both difficult. The author was once an MC, and did horrible, so he went on to become a poet which he had, had a little bit more success in, compared to when he was an MC, but still did poorly. The writer claimed that in both rapping and poetry writing he struggled with saying as much as possible by saying as little as possible. The author said from his experience in rap, the rules of rap are more strict than most people think they are, and that they also change depending on the track. In his experience in poetry the author said that following the rules of poetry was not difficult it was following the rules of sonnets and actually having a concrete message was hard.

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  9. John 3A

    My article talks about a woman named Anna Hall who has been teaching at two separate Universities for over 20 years. She teaches literature or more specifically Renaissance Poetry. The narrator Frank Bruni was once a student of hers and he once wondered what the real purpose of college was other than to get better paying jobs or to just buy drinks, like some people think. He asked his former teacher this question, and she took her time to respond to emphasis the point that college should be a process that takes time to be developed. She feels like college truly has changed over the years, especially in the literature, and it has become closer to today's culture and norms. It has, according to her, weakened what it really means to read and analyze literature, and our society seems to be letting more and more open and accepting to it. According to her, people who read Shakespeare read it with the movie in mind, and a lot of time that defeats the purpose. In the end, she finally concludes that college was meant for the “developing the muscle of thoughtfulness, the use of which will be the greatest pleasure in life and will also show what it means to be fully human.”

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  10. Awura
    3A

    Although this article was published in 2006, it dealt with the 1960's and discussed 35th President John F. Kennedy's final days in office prior to his assassination. J. F. Kennedy served during a time of oppression, white supremacy, and the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to all of the foreign affairs and issues, he successfully addressed and took the time out to take care of his domestic affairs. The people remembered by a nation or society is a reflection upon the nation itself. The late Robert Frost, a poet left a drastic impact on his society. The fact that he was remembered told the story that the people of that specific society were sensitive and had a concern for justice.
    Due to the fact that the time period that this article discussed was the 1960's, the idea of power was extremely significant. For one to create power or to question power determines whether power is being used or if power is using the person. Poetry’s tasks extends further than the written text but reminds the people of nation of their limitations when power leads them to arrogance.
    Poetry is an art therefore every country should allow art to nourish their cultures by letting it run free and affect its people. JFK wished for a diverse, democratic, and free country where Americans would no longer be afraid to express themselves or be themselves. Just as art is free, J. F. Kennedy advocated for freedom for all.

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  11. Victoria
    The Artist Article #2 Shakespeare's Sonnets

    The article “Shakespeare’ Sonnets” talked about some of Shakespeare’s sonnets and its content. The sonnets were published in 1609 by Thomas Thorpe. Some of the sonnet were in sonnet format and others were in a repeat of a sonnet line. The sonnets didn’t follow chronology, subject, or the conventions of a sonnet sequence. The poems was filled with contradictions put together to shift the moods of love. The disorder and juxtaposition made the poems hard to read as a sequence. The sonnets were cryptic and fitful like “anguished exploration of intensely private states of mind.” The fair young man was written to a ma younger than the poet, urging him to get married. The language caused the commentator to think that the poem was about homosexuals. The articles breaks down other sonnets. Earl of Oxford refused to published the sonnets but the sonnets were published after his death in 1604.

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  12. Esther

    In article 5 titled, Let the Sonnets be Unbroken, is about the sonnets/ poems Shakespeare writes. A former Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstein wrote a book, titled Ideas of Order, this assist new readers of sonnets, who become confused with Shakespeare's writing. This article states that many students are given sonnets separately and not as a collection, in which makes it somewhat difficult for the reader. So, this book opens understanding for the readers and draws out evidence in a larger sense. Also, this article states that sonnets are used to interpret the poet's concerns about the honesty of romantic love. For writers, such as Shakespeare, ‘Close readings’ a method that is used is favored to denote the use of interpretation from the texts. To dive into sonnets and look into every element is said to not be looked at as language, but as a microscopic work in biology. One thing that is very important is that one should keep in mind the structural insight of poems, so the understanding should not stray away from the poet’s work.

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  13. Camilla 3A -
    My article looked at how poems and sonnets are typically looked at versus how they should be looked at. Close-reading is a sort of interpretation/analysis of a literary work equivalent to that of microscope work in a Biology lab. It meticulously and rigorously considers a poem as a self-enclosed entity. This in-depth interpretation has changed the way poetry is taught in English-speaking countries at the High-School and College levels. Close reading pushes students to look at sonnets as independent rather than as apart of a sequence. Analyzing poems in this fashion doesn’t allow one to look in between the lines and see the joints and beams of the work. Ideas of Order by Rudenstine is one of the only academic works that addresses this problem.
    Ideas of Order consists of an Interpretative Essay (that traces the plot and the progression of the poet) and the complete unannotated text of the sonnet. This work not only smooths the way for the understanding of readers new to sonnets, it does more than that. It approaches these poems a depiction of an evolving mind as well as produces articulate insights.
    The best way to go about sonnets is to read the sonnets once fully, read Rudenstine’s essay in Ideas of Order, referring to the poems if needed, and then finally read the sonnets once with his insights in mind. Ideas of Order is ideal as it is detailed but not overwhelming. It also provides sharp observations.

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    1. This is The Artist - Article #5: Let the Sonnets Be Unbroken

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  14. Chamira 3A

    In the article, “Has the mystery of Shakespeare’s sonnets finally been resolved?” by Dalya Alberge, researches had different opinions of the mysterious “Mr.WH” Shakespeare mentioned in the dedication page before his sonnets. Some researchers believed that it was a misprint of William Shakespeare’s initials that would be “WSH” instead of “WH.” Geoffrey Caveney, an American researcher, concluded that the person Shakespeare was dedicating to was William Holme, who had personal and professional connections to Thomas Thorpe, the publisher of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Caveney discovered that Holmes died in 1607, two years before the sonnets were published. So, that supported some researchers claim that Shakespeare mentioned him in the dedication section of his sonnets since he had helped with the publishing process. However, some researchers dismissed that conclusion because they don’t believe that Shakespeare would mentioned someone who wasn’t an aristocrat because they were “less attractive” in the 1600s. As a rebuttal, Shakespeare didn’t follow that norms during the 1600s, such as marry a woman who already had a child or finish school. So researchers believed he was capable of doing that. Researches find this information interesting and “momentous” because new facts and inferences change the image of Shakespeare, the meaning of his work, and the inspiration of his sonnets.

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  15. Stephanie 3A
    The Sonnet Takes Root- Article #1

    Sir William Shakespeare; one of the most well known masters of the poetic stylings of sonnets, Mr. “ Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”; one of the most recognized sonnet poems in all of history. William Shakespeare was highly credited for the amount of development and personalization he gave to the stylings of his sonnets. However, would you believe that merely over 200 years ago if we had even happened to mention Sir Shakespeare’s name that you would have people completely dumbfounded. Yes, although Shakespeare is known to be possibly the greatest sonnet writer in history there was definitely greater poets before him. From this article we take review back to the actual origin of sonnet poetry and this can be dated back til after the early 13th century. The creation of sonnets actually originated from the Italian culture ( A man named Francesco Petrarch had began the writing on sonnets and it was learned by an english man named Sir Thomas Wyatt), thus where the implication of a romantic and balladic form of writing is derived from. However, one may wonder how can a italian style of poetry become so popular among english poets. This is because the person who actually discovered Francesco Petrarch styles of sonnets did not really acknowledge til almost 300 years later. In the mean time it was brought back to the english and it began to undergo changes in its structure/form. As time went on many other related poets of this century began to take an interest to sonnet poetry and they also developed the style and began to personalize it as well.

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