Thursday, September 29, 2005


First Period

Hey everybody-
Today in first period, we started out talking about reading strategies after Mrs. Schoene saw our grades on the Custom House quiz... We talked especially about Hawthorne's emphasis on his creativity and how firelight and moonlight helped him to be more creative.
After that, Mrs. Schoene brought up a few things that we need to know for the Scarlet Letter test on Monday, Oct. 3. The test will be multiple choice and short answer. First, we talked about the scarlet letter's seeming supernatural powers, including how it gives Hester a sense of other people's sins and some other legends that Hawthorne discusses. We then talked about Hawthorne's repeated use of irony, i.e. Hester trying to protect Dimmesdale by keeping his secret, the servant thinking Hester's 'A' meant that she was an important personage, etc. Next, we talked about the nature motif, especially sunlight and the wilderness. We discussed the contrast between the Puritan and the Romantic views of nature, and we also talked about the flabby leaf, the moral blossom, and Pearl's seaweed 'A'. Next,we talked about the theme of "Be true! Be true! Be true!" and how it relates to Pearl, Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth. Finally, we talked about names: the "pearl of great price," Dimmesdale's shadowy existence, Chillingworth's scholarly chill, and the irony of the use of the word leech. As a side note, we defined the final word in the novel: "gules" means the color red in heraldry.
All right, that's about it- gotta go watch the OC!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


6th period

hey, its kush again aka girlie i start i want to make sure everyone read amar's blog thing. haha, hey amar, btw...what's with gomagic06??? it should be more like goteamthatneverwinsanything06...but we'll leave it at that. so today mrs. schoene gave back our sound and sense quizzies to look over. I made some stupid mistakes. i hate when i do does mrs. schoene. then we had our invitation to write about the article that mrs. schoene told us to read for homework. in the middle of it all matt turned red and realized he lost his clarinet and went to look for it. the article was pretty intense which led to discussion about how cynical our society is. than again in the middle matt walked in with his clarinet case and got an still confused about that...than he bowed for the class..hmmm? oh well...the bell rang shortly after and i left class to go home. yea..that was english class.

im done here...


Money and Pictures!!!

Guys! PLEASE bring in your money ASAP!!!! I cannot stress this enough because time is running out (only 20 pages left) and I have only collected about $250 and the spread costs around $650. I also need pictures!!! No one has turned any in, and while I know you all would love to have a page with a group picture and then all the other ones with me in it, but we still need 20 pictures. I am working on the group picture, and Mr. Bass thinks that it would be best to do it next Wednesday, October 5 after school since most people don't have sports and can be a little late to 7th period (if you have an issue I will see if Mr. Bass can e-mail your teacher) I will get back to you all on this. So PLEASE get out $8 (I have change for $10 and $20) or get it from your mom RIGHT NOW. Then look for pictures!!!! And if you have turrned in your money, pressure your friends into turing in their money, or else we won't have an IB yearbook page :( Thank you!!!


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Sep 26 (monday)

sorry for the lateness. this is for monday's class so during the blog I will speak as if it is yesterday 'cause its easier for me. So, today (monday) we handed in our lit reviews on HOTS (shame on you if you didn't turn it in!). Also, shame is due to those who only revised their section of said lit review. the whole thing needed to be revised, everyone else's sections included. Speaking of shame, we then watched part of the PBS (i think) version of The Scarlet Letter. in case you missed it, don't worry about it. it wasn't exactly stellar acting/filming. I did take notes on what we discussed in class afterwards but you may want to ask someone else just because my handwriting is notoriously unreadable. we got a handout today entitled "The College that Time Forgot" which you might want to read. However, i think that you will have time after the test tommorow (which already happened, believe it or not!) on the Custom House to read it before the invitation to write. i'm not entirely sure how to end this, so i just will.


I wonder

Today as we discussed the ideas from the article "The College that Time Forgot," I was amazed again by the diversity of the responses. Unlike so many of you, I did like a lot of what the author said. I don't agree that young people don't know that there are questions. But I do agree that a liberal arts education is important to help us all understand ourselves better. I particularly liked the statement ..."we do so [promote a liberal arts education] in order to give them a sense of wonder, prepare them to lead more interesting and satisfying lives, get them ready for the comedies and tragedies that will surely engulf their later years, and establish a longing in their souls for what is true, just and beautiful."

And as for comedies, I am imagining Emily D. on the couch contemplating her lip gloss waiting for the corn to pop so she can stay up late to watch the grisly story about the decapitated baby on the 11 o'clock news.
Thanks for all the thoughtfulness today. I am still wondering ...

What is in the hearts of young people today?

Monday, September 26, 2005


6th PeRiOd

sup, its amar
i knew i shouldn't hav procrastinated on reading custom house cuz its going to take me 5 hours to read it and i got monday night football and csi miami to watch tonight...

so... yesterday, apparently there was some confusion about lit reviews, oh yeah! thats right, matt didn't send his part til sunday, sorry, im jus messin, its all good, anyways, um...yeah PBS i know you guys dont have a lot of money but next time try and get better actors, again, jus messin, the movie was aight, i just think its funny how Hester doesn't care what anybody thinks about her except Dumsdale, and that loser cares about everybody else's opinion of him more than her's, that chic is outta her mind... i know everybody hates on Chillin'worth but i feel for the "bad guy", i mean if i were him i wudda just taken my pitchfork and stabbed Dum-Dum in the a**, my bad mrs. schoene...we talked more about Loser's decision to go along with Hester's plan and all that good stuff, hey look elizabeth came to class, maybe be we should put an S on her chest for skipper, no... are u serious, i think i just saw marissa and polina drool over those cupcakes...well i guess that's it

P.S. hey kooshal, why don't you run away cuz there's a wasp over your head, HA! what a girlie girl...

Friday, September 23, 2005


The Custom House

I have emailed everyone the SG of "The Custom House." If you need it again, tell me.


Thursday, September 22, 2005


6th period holla!

Hola mis companeros!
i just finished watching the OC (i have a weakness for cheesy/sappy shows haha). ANYWAY, today we continued discussing about the Scarlet letter. We discussed about the scaffold scenes, Hawthorne's support for women's lib/equality, the meaning of Pearl, ETC. (check emily keller's entry for specifics). We then went off on a few tangents about gender discrimination in the science/medicine field. Biological clocks and current scientific system/demands do not match up! Matt "I hate meals on wheels and welfare" Micklavzina then spouted impressive OB/GYN statistics while Polina (and her half of the room) giggled about the thought of Dimmesdale beating himself in the closet. Wow, I apologize...I'm really bad at this blog/writing deal. Anyway, Happy(HA!) studying! Adieu!


sometimes i wonder - 1st period

haha, i start to think i have some semblance of intelligence, and then it takes me twenty minutes just to figure out how to post on this thing and i realize.. haha no, i don't.

annnnyway, first period was, first period. we got everything rolling on the Scarlet Letter again. (hold up, better get my notes for this one). oh well i don't have them so i'll just improvise. thousands of apologies to you all for this.

We discussed how Chillingworth's sin of basically bribing a young, influencial Hester into marrying him with his economic position was greater than Hester's and Dimmesdale's
-Dimmesdale on the scaffold scene forgetting his glove and the townsperson, unable to see that D. is sinful, says it was the Devil's work.
-Pearl's green A on her chest representing the living version of Hester's adultery and shame.
-Hester and Dimmesdale's plan to leave and run away together, but seeing how crazy this makes D. after he walks back home in the forest with all of his impure thoughts we can see that he is too Puritan and could never run away with another man's wife.
-we talked about Pearl begging Dim. to claim her, and his refusal which Schoene views as his greatest sin.
- and I am sure there was much more, but I'll have to get back to you on that.

Tomorrow: TOK in English be sure to read assigned pages in either book
-Custom House Quiz postponed til 9/27
-Lit Review still due monday I assume.

sorry for the ineptitude, but i guess its better than nothing!
one last word of wisdom:
study calc kids, study.



Arr! 2nd Period Hails Ye!

*I would like to begin by posting a diclaimer: I'm listening to pirate music while reading the parts of the book that we talked about in class. Therefore, some stuff I write my sound piratey, or Hawthorney, or both. Just warnin' ya*

Arr mateys, it be good ol' me a'haillin' ye from afar! And if ye knoweth not who 'me' is, then... yarr! Our journey began up yonder scaffold where good Reverand Dimmesdale didst see the curious likeness of a Scarlet Letter burning upon the sky, where we promptly discussed why Hawthorne may have included the scene. Many answers were given; one noteworthy theory was made by that landlubber, Jordan, which was that the strange astrological event was a sign that the Judgement Day was Now, and that Dimmesdale should claim Pearl as his daughter. Yar, what a scallywag! This does indeed fit with the timely appearance of Chillingworth, who appeared as suddenly and maliciously as the Great Archfiend himself to take Dimmesdale's soul away into Oblivion allowing Hester to see what kind of effect Chillingworth has actually had on Dimmesdale which in turn compels her to go confront him later. A brief moment was then spent on the irony of Dimmesdale's dropped glove and how Dimmesdale was, in fact, covering himself up both figuratively and literally. Yarr!

Then some stuff about Hester... she's proud, the Scarlet has failed in its office but how it allowed her to see the sin in others. Yarr! That's about as crazy as a French Privateer off the coast of India! Anyhow, we went onto a short tangent about whether women are liberated yet or not, and I'm just pondering on what David must have said during first period... Then, we didst discuss Hester's conversation with Chillingworth, how she decided that she hates that scurvy cur, how he's wronged her worse by marrying her than she did by cheating on him, and whether or not she was justified in thinking so. Some about Pearl, her role as the living Scarlet Letter, her inability to be a "normal" person without the public acknowledgement of Dimmesdale, then we sailed forward through Hester and Dimmesdale's decision to escape, and Dimmesdale's resulting surge of sinful thoughts. Ms. Schoene used the floodgate analogy to describe how in knowingly letting a single sin pass by, thousands more will enter your mind and drive you insane!!! So let that be a lesson to you, you all know what happened to Dimmesdale... he died! (Allusion, of course, to Mrs. Bell's joke) Well that concludes the notes I took today, yar! So I leave you with a Gwar and a nice picture of Hawthorne... the TRUE Hawthorne!

Pirate Hawthorne! (thanks t0 R0bb0 for the pic)

PS: forgetteth not thou TOK to-morrow! Also, read up on History, it's important! Remember... Calculus has no application in real life while History does (according to Mrs. Bell anyhow) So Study History!! Yarr!


I am so impressed

Wow... I assumed that with me gone people would have forgotten to do the blog. I had not had a chance to check it until Thursday and I was so impressed with the entries. The summaries of the discussion were very helpful, and I was especially excited that Charles reminded everyone to look at the full moon over the weekend. Did any of you do it? I noticed it was full and thought of you all several times and wondered if any of you were gazing at the moon.

Reading the summary of what Mrs. Gwinn discussed was so helpful. I wish I had realized that I too could rely on the blog for important information about what happened when I was gone. I would really like to keep doing the blog. Some of you have shown enthusiasm for it, and others have been somewhat negative (very few people in second period have signed up to do it). But the more we do it, the more beneficial I think it is.
Also, I want to thank everyone for the lovely flowers you sent and for the card and all of the expressions of sympathy. Your kindness means so much. I like the blog and the many ways you all are using it to communicate information to each other.

So let's get back to the blog.


Pictures and it

Hey everyone. Please please please look for pictures over the weekend and get the Bank of Mom to give you $8 as soon as possible. If we wait too long to send everything in, the Yearbook people might run out of room. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Period 5: Knees and Citrus

Yo. Today we continued our discussion of the Scarlet Letter. We started out by talking about any symbolism found in the names of the characters. The main focus was on Chillingworth and Dimmesdale. Basically Chillingworth is satan-like, therefore evoking chills. CHILLINGworth. Dimmesdale on the other hand is rather dim and shadow-like. The discussion then progressed and the focus was put onto the Dimmesdale. We discussed how the sin was eating away at his soul. Also, we took an in-depth look at the scaffold: part deux. We concluded with a look at Mistress Hibbins, and her specific role within the book.
A few reminders...
-Sophie's World pgs. 56-120 by fri.
-Customs House 9/26
-HOS lit. review 9/26
-Joyce Mitchell comes to WP on Sunday. Be there or be somewhere else.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Orchestra Concert - Thurs, Sept 29, 7:00 PM

Yeah... I know what you guys are thinking... ADVERTISING... but you should all come. If it makes it any more appealing, Kurt, Logan and 2 other cellists are going to be playing Apocalyptica music. What's Apocalyptica music? THIS is apocalyptica music (username: robert, password: likamwa). Right-click and "save target as" to download it... So, yeah... come... it's free!!! No more excuses!!!

Monday, September 19, 2005


5th Period, 9/19

Today we started with a short discussion of our World Lit papers. Ms. Gwinn suggested bringing in a thesis with your main arguments tomorrow. She also suggested that we not screw around senior year. If you haven't written your extended essay yet, rest assured that you are in her prayers.

The class continued with a discussion of The Scarlet Letter. Matt did a beautiful job of summing up Ms. Gwinn's discussion today, but here are the main points she made:

- Hawthorne likes Hester (as you can see, for example, when he describes her standing on the gallows).
- Dimmesdale is a sympathetic character. Ms. Gwinn pointed out that on page 65 Dimmesdale takes most of the blame for their sin. Chillingworth is also sympathetic, but he becomes a monster.
- Dimmesdale has a tapestry with David and Bathsheba, two of the most famous adulterers in literature, featured on his wall.
- At the governor's house, Hester is very insistant with Dimmesdale that he stand up for her. She also says the word "know" a lot. Ms. Gwinn suggested that this could be a play on the biblical meaning of the word.
- Dimmesdale is weak, not evil.
- Hester continues to feel that her relationship with Dimmesdale is sacred, but Dimmesdale considers it sinful.
- Always watch for Hawthorne's dashes -- he uses them to emphasize important ideas.
- Know Chapter 13 because it has a lot of formal oral material.
- When other members of the town try to speak to Hester, she taps the letter and remains silent. They interpret her gesture as one of shame and humility, but Hawthorne suggests that she does it out of pride. This reminded me of the Simpsons episode where Lisa is standing past the yellow line on a bus and the driver keeps saying "Don't make me tap the sign."
- Hawthorne suggests that Hester is a thinker, which Ms. Gwinn said Puritans would consider worse than adultery.

Matt is right; you should come to the October 7 football game. The Jones band is always very fun.


(Insert funny title) September 19, 6th period

I think today is my day, so here it goes. Mrs. Gwinn continued to teach our class today, and I think Mrs. Schoene is coming back tommorow.

We basically went over key details about the main characters in The Scarlet Letter, primarily Hester and Dimmesdale; apparently they are far more complex than how most people read them, and Mrs. Gwinn highlighted some key passages and provided some commentary on Hester's and Dimmesdale's actions.

Gwinn said to know Chapter 13 (Another View of Hester) incredibly well, suggesting offhandedly that we commit it to memory because something like 4 of the potential passages for our formal oral from TSL come from this chapter. Hawthorne likes to use dashes to call forth important points; he also really likes using the occasional concise sentence (think 1 sentence paragraph) to hammer away a point.

Hester's complexity stems partly from her good deeds. Her motivation for not socializing lies not in her piety (although the town thinks so), but more from the pride she has in herself (145). Gwinn said Hester essentially was not being true to herself and living a lie because she doesn't really feel guilt, choosing not to show her pride. Hawthorne then takes Hester and uses her to make criticism of the Puritans, saying they preferred adultery to free thinking. Mrs. Gwinn also noted that Hawthorne was writing about women's lib about 50-100 years before it really got any kind of backing (credit to Mrs. Schoene for writing about that in the book Mrs. Gwinn used in class).

Hawthorne also added in some sly humor in The Leech. In Dimmesdale's room there's a tapestry of David and Bathsheba (the most famous tale of adultery in the bible) which to a degree parallels Hester and Dimmesdale's devious dalliance. Dimmesdale is also more complex than what we would read on the surface because he is actually quite well educated, and has a lot more to lose than Hester does with public knowledge of the affair.

Hester loves Dimmesdale a lot, but it's pretty obvious that Dimmesdale is 1) weak and 2)probably not enough in love with Hester to willingly trade all his life's work for her love. There's an important passage illuminating Hester's feelings on the top of page 101 in chapter 8.

BTW, the next home football game is against Jones on October 7th. It's also the homecoming game. I know a lot of you guys think anything school spirit-y or sporty = beneath you, but if you get a group of friends together, they're generally pretty fun. Don't spend Friday nights studying, go out and have fun!

Sunday, September 18, 2005


Youth Action Committee

Hey guys...
I know that some people have been confused about the recent explosion of concern for the people of Darfur, Sudan. We have now created a group, called the Youth Action Committee, that we are going to be working through. The group is not school approved because, well, would Gordon really approve anything that he considered "potential protesters"? I created a group site on yahoo groups and the link is please join and show your support. We have been having meetings on Saturdays to make shirts and plan our actions. I found a program that will allow our school to sponsor a school in a refugee camp in Darfur for as little as 20 dollars a month. I believe this will be an excellent service project for our school and we decided to try to run it through the Model United Nations club and the Amnesty International club (Jakki if u see this can you get back to me?). We are going to wait, however, until all of the Hurricane Katrina frenzy dies down a bit. I encourage you all to please join the group and ask questions or help spread awareness about the tragedy going on right under our noses. Following World War II and the Holocaust the world promised "Never again." We failed to keep this promise over a decade ago in Rwanda. Lets not make the same mistake again!


moon watch

tonight=full moon. thus, do you eng assignment.


Friday, September 16, 2005


Solution to the Group Photo

Hey, Why don't we just stay after the Senior Panoramic Photo (on Monday) and Have a teacher take our photo? Since we'll be there anyways.


Thursday, September 15, 2005


IB Senior Yearbook Page

Hey everyone. All of you except 6 people signed up, but some of those 6 could be because they went to the UF thing instead of English, so I will seek those people out and see what's up. If all 90 of us sign up, the price will be about $7.25 ($650/90) I was wondering if anyone from the other IB English periods could help me out with regards to collecting money and getting info out for me. It would be greatly appreciated, so please let me know if you are interested. I will also be bringing in a box for people to put pictures in on either Monday or Tuesday so please look for/make copies of pictures over the weekend, because we need to vote on these ASAP. I am also trying to figure out when we should have the group picture taken- before school? on a Saturday? Any suggestions will be helpful to me, and I will try my best to make the page flippin sweet. Thanks!

<3 Christine



I believe I speak for everyone when I say that I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. I am glad you were able to say good bye and be there with him. Our condolences to you and the rest of your family.

Sympathetic wishes from the IB Senior Class


Goodnight Sweet Prince

I am not sure how many of you are checking this outside of class, but I am here at school and wanted to write you a message... maybe I should have just done email. But what I wanted to say is that Terrence is right. As my father died today, so many powerful words... poems came to me and comforted me. When I said my last good byes, the final words of Hamlet came to me... Good night, Sweet Prince...and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"

I know you all will be in great hands. In some ways the timing is perfect since a week ago Mrs. Gwinn was on vacation and would not have been able to fill in for me. Now, she will be here for two days for you all to hear her brilliance on The Scarlet Letter. Also since you are supposed to have your World Lit topics decided by Tuesday, pick her brain about your ideas as much as you can... don't you know I timed all of this just right.

You all are wonderful human beings. Marissa, I read your letter to God about Darfur... I was emotional anyway, but finding that clipped to the substitute note really blew me away. Thanks so much for your patience. This past month has been a struggle for me with all the things going on in my family. One thing I was really glad about is that I saw my Dad Wednesday night, so I have no regrets.

HEY guys. Wow, this is first little blog post. OK well today we had the lovely Ms. Ruby substitute for the even lovelier Ms. Schoene. We (were supposed) to divide into groups of three. I noticed 3 groups of 2 (including mine!), haha but I liked my partner and I didn't want to risk a breakup. Well, anyways everyone picked a topic from a list and we searched for our own conclusions and interpretations about its role in the Scarlett Letter. Reminds me of the thing we did for HOS. Those are cool because while everyone's focusing on one topic, the do it in depth and can share it to the class. (Hahaha this might become a Consilience debate, you know for the 5 of us in 1st period reading it.) Okay well, make sure you guys have been thinking about your World Lit 2 topics-it's very important guys! No night before business ok ib kids?? I think that's pretty much about it, oh and Joseph reminds me a piece of smelly cheese. HAHA I'm only kidding!!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


P5: Why not a happily-ever-after ending for Hester? That's for you to find out!

I finally found the color tab, yay for me! Anyway, I love being the first to write the day's blog (by that I mean before anyone else does so from the other periods) because then it doesn't seem like I am just copying somebody else's entry. Like Chris said, it is my turn to enlighten you today, or rather tonight.

Ok, moving right on to business...
So we have finally gotten to the fun part - analysis and discussions! I'm not going into detail on the first set of notes that were on the board about the Calvinists, Unitarianism, Quakers, and American Renaissance (but if you were absent make sure you borrow that from somebody... might be important... hint hint), but I will say something about the Transcendentalists: Emerson and Thoreau were believers, Hawthorne and Melville were the "Anti-Transcendentalists," with Hawthorne being the chief spokesman of the opposition. That being said, Hawthorne and Melville similarities ended at that. Yes Mr. H was a great influence on Mel (bad joke?), but Hawthorne focused more on the mystical and unreal aspects while Melville centered on reality.

We studied the passage beginning on p.41 and concluded that the main focus was the prison door. Having a prison and cementary before anything else showed the ugly side of human nature. This was also supported by the "unsightly" vegetation. There was also a contrast between this "dark" nature and the beautiful rose (there was a connection Chris made to the rose and Hester I think but I totally missed that, I apologize, maybe Chris wants to remind us?). We moved on to the descriptions of the wilderness and had a discussion about the complete contrast with the Thoreau's forest and ideal return to nature and simplicity (the cliffnotes version...). We brought Anne Hutchinson into the picture as well, noticing her past as a dissenter, yet a good person. Why would Hawthorne mention her? His grandfather was a judge at the Salem witch trials and his father persecuted the Quakers in the 1600s of course and so Hawthorne felt guilty and so he was critical of the Puritans but "rooted" in them as well. In addition, we studied his diction, especially his mention of "iron" a couple of times n one page. With his somber tone, he tells us that though a sad story, it will teach a lesson. Lastly, we went into detail on the women, the "somber group" who had lost the striking features of their ancestors. They were coarse - they didn't mind watching public punishments... They were more vindictive, not forgiving affairs or babies out of wedlock (Example: The Tom story and the public stoning of the girl who is pregnant and went to church, how dare she...)

I'm sorry this is so long!
Mostly I'm sorry if you missed class and missed all the good stuff...
I'm also sorry for Ms. Schoene who just read this to us! (I can tell the future... j/k)
Ok, kids, 8:30pm, good night.


P.S. I apologize for the grammatical erros...


Tales of a 6th Period: A Fun Mixture of Religion, Scarlet Letter, and a badly screwed up Intercom

We began the class period by reviewing the chief beliefs and doctrines of the Calvinists which include things such as: innate depravity of man, concept of predestination ( haha, I can totally relate to this and Tale of Two Roses ), the concept of the elect, strong sense of justice, and the atoning death of Christ. We then jumped into Unitarianism. They are the antithesis of the Calvinists: rejection of the elect, God’s ultimate tolerance, as well as man being *cough* innately good *cough* ( not true ) and the belief of spiritual freedom. Afterwards, we reviewed Quaker theology which was like Calvinist theology but a bit more free and open. Once thoroughly refreshed, we moved on and got some random background information which among other things included two people public ally announcing their qualms of the Calvinist religion and their theology.

Next, we looked at this one quote which was sort of interesting, “By raining the general estimate of human nature, which the old religion despised, Channing gave a prodigious impulse to the creative life.” William Ellery Channing. This quote got me thinking where life would be without an imagination or any element of creative for that matter. Plenty of us would go insane if that was so.

Anyway, we then touched a bit on the American Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Melville, one pair representing the essence of transcendentalism and the other representing the pair of the total opposite. Speaking of Melville, we got some random tidbits regarding him. He wrote adventure stories, was a sailor ( Billy Bud… curse this very short but very dense book. If anyone likes an 80 page tale of Good vs. Evil with a vocabulary list worse than the SAT, this is the book for you *thumbs up and cheesy smile* ), and became a Hawthorne obsessor. We mentioned how Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter might be a romantic novel, however, it contains plenty of grotesque and gothic elements as well as plenty of unrealistic events such as Pearl’s character as well as the cosmic phenomena, which coincidentally resembled the letter A. Speaking of the A, that scene pretty much made it obvious of the twist that unfolds later in the story. Then class went a bit of track and turned into a discussion on Harvard and some other thing, pardon me, I wasn’t paying much attention and was more focused on other things. The one thing my mind ended up receiving was a random interjection by Kushal regarding how Harvard’s football team was a “Walk On Team!” After that random tangent, we started discussing Scarlet Letter and I regained my focus.

So chapter one was read to us and then we discussed some of the peculiar aspects of the chapter such as the emphasis on the door and the sorrowful tone that lingered throughout the chapter. We then made a comparison between the rosebush the iron and how the rosebush is the gentle aspect and what not. We continued our discussion by going a bit in-depth on the significance of the door. It must be important since it has a very detailed description, it has never been young, and Matt made an interesting comment as to how the door can potentially represent the old Puritan spirits ( or at least I think that’s what he said ). Ack, this summary is getting way too lengthy. It was pointed out that Hawthorne likes to question the readers, and a perfect example is shown in chapter. Now, why don’t more authors actually force us to think while we read? Eventually we started talking about the dilemma between Dimmesdale, Hester and Chillingsworth and how the three of them are in such a dandy situation. Hester can’t divorce and her husband is no where near her, and why on earth Dimmesdale never confessed to begin with, but then again, we wouldn’t have Scarlet Letter if that was the case. Class was terminated to the sound of a typical jacked up intercom, nothing too out of the ordinary. Have a wonderful Thursday everyone.

~ The Radical Dreamer

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


September 13th - 6th Period

Hello classmates.

Class today was fulls of insightful discussion and learning that took us from the times of Socrates all the way up through the Calvinists and Romantics.

It started off, however, with a discussion on the Which would you rather be? subject Ms. Schoene had us write about, or at least think about, the night before. There were many points made for either side, but it seemed as if the majority of the people for going to jail as an innocent said so because they couldn't live with the guilt of being free yet corrupt. Those for the being free yet corrupt side said that they chose so because there were more chances for reform in that manner. A lot of points were made, but as a personal opinion, more specific guidelines (ex. how long would you be in jail) are needed to help solidify the arguments.

Anyway, Ms. Schoene then began to discuss Socrates and how he was the first to propose that question. Many of the thinkers of that time believed in virtue (which means manliness apparently) as the most important quality to strive for. "Virtue will be its own reward."

Class moved on to the Catholics and religion during the Middle Ages. The Catholics placed a lot of emphasis on original sin (And there was something about them distributing Jesus Points to get into heaven. I think the Points are gained via virtueous acts). Ultimately, they believed in faith and works will grant you heavenly access.

The whole timeline ultimately ended in flip-flopping through reasoning and faith "stages". Hawthorne himself, however, fit into the Calvinist category moreso than the Romantics of his time.

And there was a tangent about Paul Bunyon too. Woo for the blue ox!

See you in class, everyone.


Socrates, Shakespeare, et al.

Hello, fifth period! Today was full of information, so I apologize in advance for my loquacity. We opened discussion with the moral dilemma of the innocent man in jail and the corrupt free man. My count was about 50-50, and we touched on The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde and Thoureau and King in jail. Ms. Schoene then contstructed a time line of moral philisophy starting with the Greeks (people good), the Middle Ages (people bad), Renaissance (people now good again), Protestant Reformation (people bad. again), Enlightment (people rational), and Romanticism (people emotional). Well, that's a quick overview. I apologize for my tardiness. Juli's up for tomorrow, look for a marvelously enlightening entry. See you guys tomorrow (today)!

Monday, September 12, 2005


2nd period, fun and oh so exciting...

Well, I realize that I just wrote the blog Thursday, but I originally signed up for today,and since none of you slackers were willing to write it on Thursday, I had to step in. Maybe we can get some more team-work action going on...just an idea...
Anyways, todays class, though not extremely eventful, was very important to me. Tiffany, Andra, Matt Micla-whatever, Marissa, and I (and almost Brad!) spent Sunday making flyers and the very fashionable t-shirts you all saw today to raise awareness about the genocide going on in Darfur, Sudan. Mrs. Schone was kind enough to let us write the invitation to write, and I heard 6th period would have made me proud with their discussion of the topic. Considering Mrs. Schoene and I were the only ones who read ours in second period, I must say, I am a little disappointed. I guess I cannot really expect everyone to be as passionate about it as I am, seeing as how most of you were probably just hearing about it for the first time. Whether you choose to share your thoughts in class or not, I hope you will all at least research it for yourelves because once you learn about it for yourselves, I am sure you will want to help. Like I said in class, we are planning on passing out flyers downtown after school on Wednesday, and making more shirts next weekend at Marissa's house. If you want to be a part of the process, or if you have any other ideas to help spread the word, please let one of us know. Well, now that this blog has turned into more of a rant, I will move on to the rest of the period. We took a test on Sound and Sense. It wasnt too bad. We got back our Scarlet Letter quizes, which I know we all aced. Then the bell rang.
See, that wasnt too bad. Now who's signed up for tomorrow's blog???any takers?


9/12 period 1 stuff

Ok...i signed up for friday originally (being stupid and not realizing that we had tok) So...i'll be filling in for today's events. We started class with the invitation to write (thanks to Andra, Tiffany, and Angela who provided it), which was whether the US should intervene in the current genocide occurring in Darfur. Ms. Schoene, Meryl, and Tyler shared their entries. We then took the poetry test, which took up most of the remainder of class. Afterwards, we got back our Scarlet Letter quizes and went over any questions we had. So yea...guess today wasn't too eventful cuz of the test. O yea, hw tonight: write a brief reflection on whether you prefer living as an innocent person in jail, or living as a guilty person with freedom and power.


9/12 Representing the 5th period slackers who can't write blogs

Well, I hadn't realized when I signed up for today that we wouldn't really do much worth telling. I thought that the invitation to write was a great topic, thanks to Andra, Tiffany, and all of the others. The website for the awareness and anyone who is interested is The quiz was very doable because I felt like we were really prepared so thanks to Mrs. Schoene for that. Oh, and the college application essays were due today at the latest, so hopefully, everyone got them in. That's pretty much it, short and sweet. See ya later ~Susan.


This is just to say...

I have been so impressed
with your leadership and commitments
with your passion and concern for the world,
for each other.
The flags commemorating September 11
Christened a new field as a sacred place.

The Invitaion to Write - a beginning
a growing awareness
fueled by a belief that you
can make a difference.

Your stories and poems, your art
reveal so much diversity
so much talent.
This is just to say...WOW!

Thursday, September 08, 2005


2nd Period...9/8

Ok, well, first I would like to begin today's blog by saying that I personally found today's English class extremely enjoyable...Mrs. Schoene, you might light a fire in 2nd period after all...Today's poems were great, but Mrs. Schoene's enthusiasm made them even better.
First, we discussed The Pasture, which described the daily tasks on a farm, the simplicity but more importantly, the pleasure of the man in the poem from doing these daily chores, and his wanting to share these pleasures not only with his family, but with the reader, as well.
Then, we discussed Terence, this is stupid stuff, which I really liked. It was about using poetry, although much of it may be of sad or unpleasant experiences, to help ease the pain of our own bad experiences. Although Laura thought it meant numbing the bad feelings, Mrs. Schoene explained that it was less about numbing the feelings and more about making them easier to deal with. There is no escaping sad or unpleasant feelings, "Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure" as Housman says, but by having poetry to experience these feelings through someone else's words first, or being able to relate life experiences to poetry somehow makes the feelings easier to deal with.
Next, we moved on to Mrs. Schoene's favorite, Ars Poetica, meaning "The Art of Poetry". This was a great poem, and Mrs Schoene was certainly feeling it. It talked about how poetry should be wordless, and "motionless in time as the moon climbs". And we were assigned the very important task of watcing the moon move through the branches of a large tree the next time it is full. I look forward to this assignment; I only wish math or history involved staring at the moon. Maybe Mrs. Schoene should work on getting Worcester and Bell to assign something like that for homework next time. Mrs Schoene also told us about her experience with the "sleeve-worn" window ledges in Oxford, and waiting for her dad to return home in the "empty doorway". Last note, "a poem should not mean but be"...think about it.
Overall, I give today's class 5 stars (out of 5 stars, that is).


Period 1 - 9/8/05

Today was another day of poetry. We started off by going back to "The Computation" to state that it was an apostrophe. An apostrophe is a work of literatre that is talking to an absent person or an inanimate object. Then we moved on to finish the discussion on "The Pasture". We decided that it was not only an invitation to the person in the poem, but also for the reader to come join Frost in the journey through his poetry. Next came "Terence, this is stupid stuff", a poem about a poet explaining how poetry, unlike alcohol, helps you prepare for the long run, especially the distant harships of life. The poem contained an interesting analogy. Housman said that sad poetry was like poison, little doses of which will make you immune to when you are struck by it. Of course, no book could be without a poem without one about philosphy of poetry. Yeah you guessed it right, I'm talking about "Ars Poetica" by Archibald MacLeish. One important device used in this poem is a paradox. The whole poem is about how poetry should make you experience things and move through your brain stimulating memories. That's all for now. I hope this was helpful. We of course went into great detail about the poems, but it take me forever to type them up. So if you want them, just ask me or someone else from the class.


Period 6: September 8, 2005. - Mead Bowen

Que pasa, IBers. Pardon the terseness of the following Blog; I've got a lot of crap to do so I'll make this quick. Sorry if "crap" is considered profane by IB standards.

But I'm "keepin' it real".

Anyhoo, today in class we read over "The Red Wheelbarrow", "The Pasture", "Terrence, this is stupid stuff", and "Ars Poetica". The Red Wheelbarrow discusses how important a particular farmer's wheelbarrow is to him. The Pasture, composed by Robert Frost, seeks to share a touching scene of a farm with a friend.

Terrence, this is stupid stuff is a dialogue between Terrence and his home boy, who informs Terrence that his poems suck because they're sad. Terrence replies by telling his friend that yeah, poetry isn't always peachy keen because life's tough, so shove it, and if you want to be happy go get wasted like all the other normal people. He also throws in an anecdote for good measure.

Finally, Ars Poetica gives many a paradoxical description of how a poem should be and basically exhorts us to picture the poem in our minds rather than simply read the words.

Oh yeah, and we also went over a poem about some klepto eating his roomie's frozen plums.


Hasta manana.


1st Period Sept 7

Sorry peeps!! I forgot until I walked into class this morning that I was supposed to do the blog last night. Ooops. So here it is. A day late. And a dollar short. Except it never really had an money. You know what I mean. So, yesterday, we talked about poems! Yay. We started talking about "The Computation" for the third time and finally finished discussing it. Basically, the speaker really misses his loved one, and he's all melodramatic saying its been 2400 years when actually they've only been separated for a day. What a drama queen. And not to steal today's blogger's thunder, but we found out that this poem is an example of "apostrophe", which is when the speaker of a poem is speaking to an inanimate object or a person who isn't there. Fun stuff!

Next we got into "Hawk Roosting", which I'm particularly fond of. This is my favorite line: "It took the whole of Creation/ To produce my foot, my each feather:/ Now I hold Creation in my foot/ or fly up and revolve it all slowly." We talked about the personification and the perspective of the hawk etc etc.

"Ballad of Birmingham" was next. It's quite sad. We talked about the irony and imagery. Then came everyone's favorite: "The Red Wheelbarrow." It's very simple. William Carlos Williams (I think he must use his middle name so that it's not William Williams. That's kind of ridiculous. Really people with the last name Williams should not name their offspring William) is an imagist, one who just presents and image and lets people bring their own stuff too it. It's a bit of a stretch, but each little 2 line thing is shaped like a wheelbarrow, sort of. See look:

"so much depends

It's like the "so mu" and the "upon" are the bucket part and then the "ch depends" is like the handle sticking off the edge. I think its nifty. Going along with this was another poem by the same guy that Ms. Schoene read to us. It was a note left on the fridge saying the the person ate the plums, and he/she is sorry, and the fruit was tasty. The profundity blows my mind.

We ended with "The Pasture", which is a cute little ditty by our buddy Robbie Frozen Water Ice stuff that gets on your windows when it's cold (Aka Robert Frost). It's basically an invitation to come along on a journey, especially in the context of it being the opening poem in one of his volumes.

And then today we did more poetry...but I won't get into that too much in case today's blogger actually remembers to do the blog the day of, unlike your truly.

In other news, it's really windy. Also,TOK tomorrow. Read your books.

: )



5th Period, September 8

We once again returned to Sound and Sense, this time briefly examining the poem "The Pasture" by Frost. We discussed that Frost is talking to the reader, inviting him or her to experience the poem and the simple joys in life.
The class then moved on to "Terence, this is stupid stuff..." Clint, Chris, and Adam read as what can only be considered a magnificent triumvirate, with Mrs. Schoene taking the fourth stanza. The poet Housman defended his position, saying that one can, for example, get drunk and thus see the harsh world in a lovely light, but one should, instead, read his melancholy poetry to be best prepared for the sadness and woe that reality contains. The final stanza clarified this point by retelling the story of King Mithridates, who built up a tolerance to poison before his subjects could assassinate him by tainting his meal.
Finally we read "Ars Poetica" and analyzed its paradox and figured out what poetry, according to the author MacLeish, should truly be. Among others, MacLeish felt that poetry should be "wordless" and timeless and, in the end, simply what it is meant to be. Mrs. Schoene also noted that, frequently, poems entitled "Ars Poetica" (or the like) usually dwell on the actual subject of poetry itself.

Emily Dorff

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


Period 5 September 7

Today in Mrs. Schoene's 5th period class we discussed more poems from Sound and Sense. We finished discussing the last few lines of The Computation and moved onto Hawk Roosting. Jena Uvalle read the poem with a passion that you just don't see nowadays. I learned what the word "sophistry" means during our discussion. Essentially sophistry is something that sounds good but really isn't. We then went on to read the Ballad of Birmingham and Mrs. Schoene shared the story of how old she was when the church was bombed and how she felt about the situation. Lastly, we went on to read the blockbuster poem of the century, Red Wheelbarrow. This poem of sixteen words envoked in Emily Doerff the desire to live on a farm. I think she must have wanted to live on a farm anyways because I really cannot see anything in the poem that would cause a person to say such a thing. I think it is entertaining to discuss poetry because it stirs up so many different emotions in people.




today in 2nd period andra read her blog from yesterday to the class. then we discussed the computation. it was written by some guy who wrote seduction poems when he was young but then got arrested for getting married and decided to become a minister. ms.schoene said he was a metaphysical poet. he used a technique called apostrophe (when the poet addresses someone not there or an inanimate object, not ') in his poem. then we read hawk roosting. the hawk was personified and it thought it was the center of the universe. laura said the bird was a dictator. then we read the ballad of birmingham. ms.schoene shared her memory of hearing about this bombing many years ago. she said it is horrible when there is a violation of a sacred place. we talked about how the poem had tragic irony. then we read a poem about a red wheelbarrow next to chickens in the rain. it was supposed to look like a wheelbarrow... i didnt see it. i think thats all. poem test/quiz on monday.

Today in 6th period, Ms. Schoene started by thinking there wasn't a blog from yesterday, but then she found it and read it to us. Then, someone asked about lit reviews and I was too confused to explain what was said. After that, we discussed The Computation, Hawk Roosting, and the Ballad of Birmingham.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


yummmm googligoo

a little late, i know (get off my back--grr). mmmk (composing self), english class today fairly straight-forward (no introspection necessary..relief for all of the metrophobics..."those who fear poetry" run run muhahaha-the lines and meters running after them..little humor there)...schoene passed out some nifty rubber key chain thingees-might want to get one if you were absent today...ANOTHER, yes, another senior newsletter from SGA, lovely...the scarlet letter quiz took up most of class time...after that was taken care of (after which that was taken care??? a bit of a phobia with ending sentence with a preposition..grr mrs wilkes)...anyhoo, the quiz/test (quest?) went pretty smoothly...
we moved on to discuss the world lit 2 paper (woohoo)...we received TWO pieces of information. one was from The Gwinn, she summarized the intimidating "official IB" packet of info. The second was the ACTUAL (fee-fye-foe) few-page packet which reviewed the criteria in more detail (i was surprised when i saw how creative we could be for this second lit paper..i dont remember the first lit paper...something about powerful/vengeful women or enslaved men battling society..completely different, i know..maybe im talking about the informal oral...)..just in case you were may NOT create a collective art piece for this assignment (...we concluded that it would be a good idea if it included sentences)...but there are so many other creative ways that one may complete this world lit II paper..surprisingly enough: letters, monologues, pastiches, lots of stuff (MAKE IT GOOD...10 PERCENT, folks)..ill be yielding to the less creative yet equally tactful comparison/contrast paper-love em.

Falala and out four niner,
Andra "tree of bronze"
(PS..thanks bunches of oats to all the IB folks who helped me celebrate my big 18th..)
(PSS...forgive my typing style...lots of ellipses (ellipsi? doubt it)..i like to consider it stream



YO IBers!
It's raining outside!
The first thing that happened today in English was when Ms. Schoene handed out orange key chains from SGA. That was nice. :)
After that, we took the Scarlet Letter quiz, which I'm sure we all got 100s on! Right?
After the quiz, some people panicked because Ms. Schoene passed out the World Lit handouts. I think we'll be okay, though; 1,000 words seems like nothing after the extended essay.
Besides, all those IB handouts start to blend together after a while...haha...or maybe that's just me.
Sorry there's not much to report. The quiz took up most of the class period.
Does anyone know how many days we have left until graduation? (!!!!!)

Saturday, September 03, 2005


lit review

does anyone know if we have to turn in the lit review anytime soon?

Friday, September 02, 2005


friday happiness

Well this is my first time writing one of these I dont really know how to start. Today, and for most of the week, we've all seemed a little tired, and if that's not true, then I guess it was just me. Anyway, in class we worked on poetry again, starting off with the remainder of Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" and Shakespeare's "Spring", then ending with Hayden's "The Whipping" and "The Compilation" by Donne. In Owens powerful, somewhat anti-war poem, a first-hand experience of war was communicated. "Spring", similar to "Winter" in the way that it expressed seasonal imagery and some troubles which may arrive along with the beauty. In the free verse poem, "The Whipping" I dont know what to really say about that one, maybe someone can fill that one in? "The Computation", which was a very hyperbolic poem as Ms. Schoene and Emily pointed out, expressed the anxiety the narrator had in living without a loved one.
Overall, (the sparknotes version of all of that) each poem had its own idea, tone, rythm(or maybe not), point of view, and style of syntax and diction, which are all very important for us to recognize. I don't really know what more to's Friday, so that's ok.

btw...Scarlet Letter quiz on tuesday...along with everything else

Thursday, September 01, 2005


The Titanic sinked... as did I

Laura Andreae and Laura Jackiel have the best summaries of what we did in class today (the 3 poems...), so it would be pointless for me to try to compete with that.
I will try to make everyone's day (by that I mean Matt Mick's) with this, however:
Ms. Schoene: What happened to the Titanic?
Some genius in 5th period: It sinked.
Why do they let these people in IB?!?!?!
That was me, by the way, but I was just testing ya'll.

*If you missed your senior pic appt, it's not too late. You can talk to the yearbook person and ask them to hold your space or whatever.



Sign up sheet

Never fear, Leonore's here!!! Don't you even worry because I am making sign up sheets right now for all of the class periods, and I shall print them out and bring them in tomorrow (tomorrow I love ya tomorrow) and post them.


Period 2, The Day at a Glance

Hi everyone, Mrs. Schoene started off today by reminding all of us that ads for the Yearbook are due the 16th. She also said that our Lit Reviews were in the progress of being emailed back to us so that we can do our own revisions later.

On to the days main events.... POETRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which is about both good and bad experiences. The point of Poetry is to allow the reader to understand or experience something that he or she would not otherwise experience.

We started off with The Eagle (ps. I can not really remember do we quote or italicize poems?) anyways, rhyme Schemes were brought up right away this poem has 2 sounds that are repeated 3 times. Alliteration (which emphasizes sounds in order to reinforce the mood and give the poem a pleasing quality) was seen in clasps, crag, crooked. The eagle's hands give it a softer more human quality as well as allowing the rest of the poem to rhyme. We kind of jumped out of order and said that personification of the wrinkled sea beneath him crawls, represents that we are talking about waves from a birds eye view. Back in order we said that 'close to the sun' is that the narrator sees a juxtaposition between the eagle and the sun, helps to show the majesty and exalted place the eagle holds. The 'he stands' section at an end of a line shows domination of the world, and that he is surrounded by the world. The 'like a thunderbolt' is a simile, almost a hyperbole.
We then moved on to say the literature was used to broaden or give depth to our experiences.
Winter by Shakespeare is full o f Adv. Clauses, and, and more Adv. Clauses. Apparently the British enjoy using imagery/metaphors in Birds, owls are haunting/mourning, and lark's are happy. The repetition connects the 2 stanzas and they are extensions of the authors wish for winter to end.
Pre WWW- possible end of optimism with the Titanic sinking
WWI- way too many alliances, trench warfare, new technology
End of WWI - people wonder if the war was really worth it (concluded most likely not) In literature marks the Age of Alienation, Despair, Meaninglessness, MODERNISM -how do we know truth, reality, purpose.

Dulce est Decorum Est (Pro Patria Mori) -It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country
*WWI ppl. join army, the solder is seen in a glorified, romanced light.
Poem talks about a battle occurring and the impact one scene that replays in the authors mind (post dramatic stress)
Many smilies, alliteration, consonance, assonance (vowels) present.
Apparently soldiers train themselves to hear the different sound of shots being fired
Previously the soldiers were trudging along half asleep but then Gas! GAS! shows up in the poem and wakes them up, moves the poem along.
ecstasy - out of one's senses
The green tinted mask = makes everything somewhat surreal
separation of lines - personal experiences

Wow what a day, we went through a battle, a cold winter, and a birds eye view.


6th Period- 9/1/05

Today we talked about poetry from the Sound and Sense book (sorry, I can't get the title to underline.) The first poem we look at was "The Eagle," which gave us a majestic and grandeur image of the eagle. Next we looked at "Winter" by good ol' William Shakespeare. This poem focused on more of the hard aspects of winter, not necessarily the nice aspects of winter. This poem seemed to start some interesting off topic conversations, which usually happens during 6th period. The first began when the class could not figure out that a parson's saw was referring to a preacher. Our misunderstanding of this line led Ms. Schoene to telling us a story about how a student from an urban area did not know that a heron was a bird, so he wrote his entire IB essay thinking a poem was about heroine the drug... not a heron, the bird. Another off topic conversation began when Kushal questioned if milk comes out of a cow hot. I guess these off topic conversations did at least show us how we must understand the actions in a poem to understand the poem. The last poem we looked at was "Dulce et Decorum Est," which is a poem explaining how dyeing for ones country is not majestic, and instead war is gruesome and grotesque. The poem first showed reiterated to us the lack of WWI knowledge we gained from 10th grade history. Ms. Schoene filled us in explaining how WWI changed the world's optimistic view of humanity to an understanding of the brutality humans are incapable of. I found this poem particularly painful to read because of the horrifying images it created. However, I am really glad we read the poem because we should understand the pain people have gone through. All of the poems today gave us experiences we have never had ourselves... being an eagle, living during the winter in Shakespeare's time, and being a soldier in WWI. These poems did not necesarilly give us beautiful experiences, but poetry does not always portray the beautiful. I certainly will appreciate war veterans more after today, and I hope no one in this class will ever have to experience the horrors of war.


IB Senior Yearbook Page???

Hello everyone, I'm not doing the blog for my class, but Ms. Schoene mentioned in class today that she had extra copies of the senior ads for the yearbook for those of us who didn't get one in the mail. This made me think about how two years ago (I think) the IB seniors paid for two full pages in the yearbook, and it got me thinking about how cool it would be if we had one, and Ms. Schoene and Whitney suggested that I make this blog about it. So, please comment back on this message if you think it is a good idea, and then depending on the feedback, we can see if anyone wants to organize this as well as how much each person will have to pay. Also, if you have a myspace, don't forget to check out the IB Seniors group ( and the WPHS Seniors group ( Thanks!

<3 Christine


1st period 09.01.05

Hey everyone. At the beginning of class today, we discussed the lit reviews. We decided that ms. schoene would try to email us the final copy so that we could make the changes and print out a copy for ourselves. We then continued with the poetry we started yesterday. We re-read The Eagle, and we discussed some of the literary devices. We recognized the aliteration of the first line (clasp the crag with crooked hand) and decided that the author used it to create emphasis. We also noticed that he used hands to describe the eagles claws, and we came to the conclusion that he used this to personify the eagle so that we can relate to it. we talked about the isolation of the eagle in the sky and that even though it is so small relative to the sky it became dominant in the visual experience for the writer. Alex pointed out that the perspective changed from the first to the second stanza. in the first stanza it is from the perspective of the oberserver and in the second it is from the perspective of the eagle. we talked about the eagle falling like a thunderbolt, and ms. schoene told us that it was a hyperbole. next we discussed the ryhme scheme (aaa in the first stanza, and bbb in the second) and the rhythm (imabic beat). We ended our discussion of the poem by talking about how both scientific and literary descriptions complement each other to give us a more fuller understanding. Next, we began to talk about Winter by Shakespeare. We talked about how poetry generally conveys a message or expresses some beauty, but ms. schoene also told us that the poem doesnt have to have a message, it could just be a description, and that not all poetry expresses beauty, it can often times be quite ugly. Winter was an example of such a poem. The last poem we discussed was Dulce et Decorum Est (i cant remember exactly what it meant, but it was something about it being sweet and courageous to die for your country). We talked a lot about this poem, but I will just hit on a few key things we talked about. We began the discussion about history of WWI. we talked about how before the war people were very optimistic (titanic example) and how during and after the war people had grown isolated and pessimistic. We talked about the change in point of view to first person and then second person and the effect it had on the reader. we noticed a lot of similies and talked about the authors diction. we talked about metonymy (when a small thing represents a whole) and then just as the bell was ringing we talked about how the poet was writing to all the people that had told him that war was such a great and courageous thing to do. ok well i hope that my summary was helpful and that you all have a great day tomorrow.....


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