Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Freud says the consciousness is a filter. It filters out the noise of omnipresent stimuli so that we can find meaning and sense. Consider in light of Coleridge.

Friday, March 26, 2010


I collected some art from the web that was inspired by Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott." See it to the right just below the calendar. The pictures are of random size, so it is a little weird. If you download the file and view it in Adobe Acrobat Reader, it looks much better.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


A-day students: I understand your concern about mock exam paper 2. The works posted on this page are eligible works. Apply the IB Poetry Prep sheet, embedded to the right, to each of these, or even to two of them. If you make exhaustive notes and study hard, you will do well by any standard on paper 2. You may also skim through the poetry pack, embedded just to the right on this blog, and choose any poems you like to apply the IB Poetry Prep questions to.

Just for this mock exam, you may also use the poetry of Eliot. You will NOT be able to use Eliot for the real exam in May, but I score these tests, so I know exactly what you have been prepared for. Study, worry as you would for any exam, but do not stress about having too little preparation because the preparer is the scorer.

Look here if you want a heads up on Paper 1. Apply the IB Poetry Prep to it and be prepared!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Clearly this is a day late, but you should be doing your assignments on "Khubla Khan" and, after today, Tennyson's "Ulysses."
The nearly complete poetry pack is on Dropbox, and I will embed "Khubla Khan" and "Ulysses" right here by the end of the day.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


SL students: bring in your projects for presentation on Friday/Monday. All others, listen to and score your oral.

Complete your follow-up to the structural awareness activity on "To His Coy Mistress."

The questions:
1. With two genii, arrange the poem you have received into what you think constitutes the best poem possible with the material.

2. Describe the rhyme scheme.

3. Describe the metrical pattern and write a scansion of two lines.

4. Describe, neatly and in logical order, your group's process for determining where each line goes. Who suggested what? What was the very first thing you did when you saw this cut up mess? Use paragraph form with appropriate transitions to link sentence to sentence (first, next, then, however -- that sort of thing).

5. Write your rationale for grouping the lines as you do. This part differs from process; it is not what you thought and in what order. It is a justification for the poem standing as you have arranged it.

Poem is to your right.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Find format guide

on Dropbox. It is called "WLATitle.body.wc.format.doc"
Look at it carefully and format accordingly. Note the translators included in the works cited.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Be sure to read yesterday's posting first; bring in electronic copies to review in class Wednesday.
DO NOT EXPECT ANY EMAILED PAPERS to count toward your WLA 1 or WLA 2. You must have printed copies of both papers with you on Friday.
Good luck, but do it right!

Monday, March 1, 2010


On my last handout I gave you a deadline of March 10 because of an IBO deadline of March 15. However, Mrs. Cox has clarified: that is not enough time to ensure their timely arrival. It is clear that these papers must be completely finished and in the mail by Monday. Thus, the DEADLINE is Friday, March 5, and that deadline is DEAD! Papers printed, formatted, proofread, and signed.

Bring in electronic copies of WLA 1 and WLA 2 for final packaging NEXT CLASS PERIOD!