Tuesday, April 28, 2015

april 28

Actor Patrick Stewart once said, "The only still center of my life is Macbeth.  To go back to doing this bloody, crazed, insane mass-murderer is a huge relief after trying to get my cell phone replaced."

What is it about extreme characters-- or any fictional characters with whom we resonate-- that helps us make sense out of our everyday lives?

1. Journal
2. Macbeth wrap-up
3. Notes on exam preparation
1. Read the following sonnet.  Determine whether it's Petrarchan or Shakespearean.  Explain where the shift is and how it influences the overall theme and tone of the work.  Post to your course blog.  We'll discuss in class Wednesday.  (Please Note: The idea here isn't to see whether you can find the "right" answer-- don't research online.  Anticipate AP exam conditions. Use what we've discussed in class and your own reasoning.)

My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

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