I am so giggly excited for some of the stuff you get to read this week!!!! I feel like I am next in line, about to get on Tatsu at Six Flags!!! “Weeeeee!”
First I want you to read this historical background to the time period we are learning about from Norton.
Here is their timeline for the authors for the next two weeks. Please print it out and put it in your notebook.
Here we go!!! This week we are going to read Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, and the guy who wrote one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE POEMS … T.S. Eliot.
This week you will have about 30 minutes of reading each day. I want you to spend another 30-60 minutes each day working on your projects that are due this Friday. I am not assigning any journals, since you have a big writing assignment. In fact, if you want to take a couple days off grammar this week, feel free.
Gertrude Stein was a very important figure in literary circles during this time period. She was a famous, celebrated lover of the arts, she was a strong female mind, and she wrote the most hilariously random stuff. Her book Tender Buttons is a collection of random observations. You will certainly get a kick out of it. It may help you with your Quote Yourself Projects! LOL
First–watch this short biography on her life. It does discuss her homosexuality in a general way (not detailed). I think it is important that you know that Ellen was not the first lesbian celebrity in the world. She is certainly no Anne Bradstreet, but this is history and we need to see how society changes as we enter the Twentieth Century.
Then read Tender Buttons. Please leave your favorite quote in the comments below 🙂 As you read it remember that she was friends with Picasso. She is the Picasso of writers!!! This is verbal cubism, stream of consciousness writing, total experimental language art. And remember . . . sugar is not a vegetable. (aaaaah). My very favorite one of hers is “The Purse”– Super random. Try reading them out loud as if they are super important. (Tristan, feel free to laugh, say, “What?!?!” and scratch your head and roll your eyes).
from– Tender Buttons, this is just my favorite parts (you don’t have to read the whole thing)
Robert Frost is one of the greatest American poets. I have some of his poems memorized. Please watch this short biography video before you get into his poetry.
Then read the following poems:
I want you to read each poem several times. You can’t understand them fully with just one reading. That is why I am only giving you 3 today. I need you to spend at least 30-45 minutes reading and dissecting them. Feel free to print them out and take notes on structure and style.
Go ahead and read Carl Sandburg’s poems without his biography and then try to figure out for yourself what kind of a man he was 🙂
After you have read these poems, please finish working on your Short Stories and your Quote Yourself Projects.
So let’s just read one of the most famous poems EVER–“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
This poem is seriously one of my favorites. That is why I saved if for last this week. I read this poem still, often. Golly, I just read it a couple months ago and posted part of it on my Facebook. Try and memorize part of it. If you want. I would.
Here is a clip of him reading it his own voice. He is so interesting and intelligent. I love him.
I just listened to it again just now. wow.
You know, it is so nice that we actually have recordings of him reading it in his own voice; what a treasure!
Now, listen to it as Anthony Hopkins reads it:
Assignments For Credit–
- Please go ahead and leave another comment on Thursday–share with me what you think of Eliot, Sandburg, and Frost.
- The Short Story Project is due this Friday!
- The Quote Yourself Project is due this Friday!