From my experience, poetry in general can be a little intimidating to non-English majors/self-described non-writers. It ranges from having archaic and overly developed vocabulary that requires a dictionary to understand every line to deeply metaphoric description and symbolism that “makes no sense” without doing a mini-history lesson.
So what do you do? You address one of its most popular topics of the ages – LOVE! It has toppled empires, caused wars, heightened family feuds, severed relationships and marriages, enraged gods, empowered lonely starlets and their fans to want more from life, and changed the social class of fair maidens everywhere.
- Why would people go through so much destruction, pain, and frustration in their pursuit of LOVE?
- What is the reward? What do people get in return?
- Is there an age requirement for being in love? Are adults the ONLY people who can REALLY fall in love? Why?
- What other emotions do you experience when you are in love?
We are going to explore that today with today’s group assignment.
Take a look below at the collage I created on this post. Notice the pictures, listen to the music lyrics playing and read the quotations. Then, in a group of three, you will brainstorm on the definition of love in your journal/separate sheet of paper. EVERYONE needs to have his/her own completed assignment (10 ideas at least) to get full credit for classwork today.
You have 20 minutes to complete this assignment. I will need some brave volunteers to share what your group came up with using the Promethean Board. Be prepared!
Future President Barack Obama with his mother, stepfather and little sister
One of the best quotations from Oscar Wilde
Pre-Mother’s Day Spring Tea at MLCC
According to Mother Jones, there are five directors who should have directed “The Great Gatsby” instead of Baz Luhrmann: http://t.co/rDoaT7evd2
Personally, I have some issues with this review after seeing the film last night and understanding Mr. Luhrmann’s body of work.
I came home from seeing the movie feeling somber and a little withdrawn because I felt for Gatsby.
Without giving too much away if you haven’t seen it (and you definitely should so you can make up your own mind), he was a man who threw fabulous parties for the masses but remained on the outskirts of such audiences.
His personal narrative of aspiration and hope only made the resolution of his said story more compelling.
So I disagree respectfully with Mother Jones on this one.
Baz Luhrmann was always the perfect choice to direct such an immortal novel of American literature because he understands the theatricality necessary to marry a classic piece of literature with mainstream appeal.
If you don’t believe me, watch his 1995 masterpiece William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.
Let me know what you think.
My Adventure at Scratch DJ Academy
The cutest DJ in the making (who is also a model and dancer)
Real turntables, ladies and gentlemen!
Cali Pushes for More Diversity in College Admissions
My only question is how does the admissions define “diversity” – admit more minority students living in the United States or recruit more talented INTERNATIONAL students OUTSIDE the United States?
Do you know the difference and how that will affect high school graduates in the United States and abroad?!
Let me know what you think.
FYI I’m geeking out over the TITLE of the review itself!
Check it out and tell me what you think!