Sunday, December 14, 2008

Crunch Time! (English 1000G)

Hello, fellow English classmates. Thanks to our already overpaid, underworked, asshole public transportation workers striking, right in the middle of our exam period, I thought it might be more practical to set-up some notes online. I’m employing my blog rather than our facebook group because it’s the only quick way I can plug in all the hyperlinks I’ve included from my notes. For starters, I’m including a list of the 25 writers we’ve covered in class. If I’m missing anything, let me know. I’m going to try to include some basic points about each work over the 48 hours. If anybody wants to share their notes, or post a comment, by all means, go ahead.

Just to reiterate what’s going to be on the exam, it has two parts:

  1. Identify a quote (Pick any 3 of the 9 provided – 10 marks each)
    1. Identify the work it’s from
    2. Identify the author
    3. If it’s from Lear, identify the speaker
    4. Briefly discuss its significance.
  2. Essay Questions (Pick any 2 of the 8 provided – 35 marks each)
    1. Take a look at the essay questions in the syllabus for this term.
    2. Try re-reading your own essay for the term. The prof says there’s almost sure to be something from your essay you could re-use on the exam, unless you wrote a real stink-o essay.
  3. For one bonus mark, spell “parallel.” Apparently, the prof has actually written this on exams in the past, just to mess with people. That’s why we love him, right?

A (more or less) chronological list of works read in the fall term of English 1000G, by author:

  1. Aesop (620 – 560 BC)
    1. The Wolf and the Mastiff
  2. Petronius (ca. 27 – 66)
    1. The Widow of Ephesus
  3. Luke the Evangelist (0 – 84, supposedly)
    1. The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
  4. John Donne (1527 – 1631)
    1. A Hymn to God the Father
    2. Song
    3. A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
    4. The Flea
  5. Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593)
    1. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love (early 1590s)
  6. Walter Raleigh (1552 – 1618)
    1. The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd (1599)
  7. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
    1. Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    2. Sonnet 29: When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes
    3. Sonnet 73: That Time of Year
    4. Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    5. Sonnet 126: O thou, my lovely boy
    6. Sonnet 129: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
    7. Sonnet 130: My Mistress’ Eyes
    8. King Lear
  8. Robert Herrick (1591 – 1674)
    1. Delight in Disorder
    2. To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
  9. Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)
    1. To his Coy Mistress
  10. Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)
    1. An Essay on Criticism
  11. Robert Burns (1759 – 1796)
    1. A Red, Red Rose (1794)
  12. William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
    1. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
  13. John Keats (1795 – 1821)
    1. La Belle Dame Sans Marci
  14. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
    1. Sonnet XLIII: How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways…”
  15. Robert Browning (1812 – 1889)
    1. My Last Duchess
  16. Matthew Arnold (1822 – 1888)
    1. Dover Beach (1867)
  17. Kate Chopin (1851-1904)
    1. The Story of an Hour (1894)
  18. Alfred Edward Housman (1859 – 1936)
    1. One and Twenty
  19. Stephen Crane (1871 – 1900)
    1. War is Kind
  20. Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)
    1. Mending Wall (1914)
    2. After Apple Picking (1914)
    3. The Road Not Taken (1916)
    4. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (1922)
    5. Dust of Snow (1923)
  21. Robert Graves (1895 – 1985)
    1. Symptoms of Love
  22. Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)
    1. Excerpt - see the first comment in the comments section below. (Thanks, Becky!)
  23. Robert Hayden (1913 – 1980)
    1. Those Winter Sundays
  24. Anthony Hecht (1923 – 2004)
    1. The Dover Bitch (1967)
  25. Billy Collins (1941 – not quite dead yet)
    1. Introduction to Poetry


Our professor made mention of this essay in class, but we are not officially responsible for it. Still, if you haven’t read it, I recommend you give it a read, after the exam of course:

Politics and the English Language (1946) by George Orwell (1903 – 1950)


Becky said...

The Hemingway excerpt is from In Our Time published in 1925. It will probably be nearly impossible for you to find the exact passage so I’ll save you some time and just copy it here. I haven’t read the book itself so if my rambling theories at the end don’t make much sense I apologize in advance.

While the bombardment was knocking the trench to pieces at Fossalta, he lay very flat and sweated and prayed oh jesus christ get me out of here. Dear jesus please get me out. Christ please please please christ. If you'll only keep me from getting killed I'll do anything you say. I believe in you and I'll tell every one in the world that you are the only one that matters. Please please dear jesus. The shelling moved further up the line We went to work on the trench and in the morning the sun came up and the day was hot and muggy, and cheerful and quiet. The next night back at Mestre he did not tell the girl he went upstairs with at the Villa Rossa about Jesus. And he never told anyone.

To sum up a few important parts:
- Three themes: war, love, religion
 The soldier makes half-assed attempts at satisfying all three themes
- Religion: Jesus & Christ are never capitalized throughout the piece with the exception of the last line; soldier fails to tell anyone about Jesus
- War: solider fails to produce the stereotypical ‘heroic soldier’ image
- Love: prostitution house Villa Rossa
- Speaker: no quotation marks  how would the speaker know this man’s inner pleas, whether or not he told the woman at the brothel, etc. Speaker’s confession? Vs. Hemingway’s first hand experience?
- Are either Hemingway or the speaker critical of the soilder's actions?

Sara said...

Thank you so much for these links. I didn't buy the textbook either, so I definitely appreciate them.
Also, thanks Becky for the info on that Hemingway piece.
Good luck on the exam,

Vita said...

wow. You pretty much are amazing for doing this.
I'll read it over and send some notes if I have any!
Good luck everyone!
We'll all do amazing I'm sure!