Wednesday, November 30, 2011


For Friday/Monday, again look at the first four paragraphs of "Tradition and the Individual Talent." Focus on paragraph 4 and write two honest interpretive questions about the material.

Write a commentary (by hand if you wish -- this is a draft) on the stanza from "The Journey of the Magi." Remember that every technique and method has a purpose. If you notice an allusion, first point it out and then explain  (why Genesis and Revelation, why birth and death in the same poem?)  its effect on the overall communication of the poem.

Monday, November 28, 2011


For Wednesday/Thursday, do two things:
1. Look at the little stanza about vegetation in "The Journey of the Magi" and mark every biblical allusion you recognize. Look up (in a Bible of your own or online, perhaps at any word or image that you THINK might be an allusion. Write your findings in the margins of a copy of the poem.
2. Read the first three paragraphs of Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent." Focus on the third paragraph and write out three clear, honest questions about it.

You can follow the above links for Google doc versions of each piece, or you can download "Eliotpack" from the right. It has all of these pieces in it.

Monday, November 14, 2011


II have made the preparation document public (it was not before). You should be able to open it or download it now.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Two new documents are embedded to the right of the page: a rubric for the dramatic interpretation of "Prufrock" and a planning guide that you should look at and complete after giving some thought to what you are going to do.

Check again later. I'm getting some ideas up here in Beantown.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


After viewing the assassination of Duncan, write about a page for sharing in class (not a PAPER, but a written response) on one of the following ideas. Think of how the movie's choices communicate something from the play:

  • hands, as highlighted in the scenes immediately after the assassination

  • Lady Macbeth's faint

  • the role of Macduff as he knocks and as he enters and exits Duncan's may consider H of D as you respond