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LIT 4930: Florida Lit and Culture


Class 3: Digital Training with Kayt Ahnberg

    Meet in library, DMC first floor -- room 125 D.
    Introduction to OUR from Dean Rick Pollenz
    DUE: Post 2 group A, Response group B

Class Objectives:

    Introduction from Dean Pollenz from the Office of Undergraduate Research
    Digital skills training in DMC with Kayt Ahnberg
    Introduce Google My Maps project
    Discussion posts on Elizabeth Bishop's poetry


Notes and Discussion Questions:

    For your weekly posts, please continue our practice of close reading the poetry assigned for Thursday Jan. 14. We can focus on Elizabeth Bishop's three poems.

    1. General Notes on Reading Poetry

    For those of you new to poetry, please take some time to practice the skills of reading poetry critically and appreciatively. It is different from prose, and there are certain stages in reading poetry that you need to move through in order to appreciate it. For more information on reading poetry, you can find Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry or look online at Poetry Foundation resources.

    The first thing you should strive for is an understanding of the poem on the denotative level, that is, what the poem says. You should be able to summarize what the poem is about and to paraphrase the lines.

    The second level of meaning arises when we examine the use of figurative language, sound and other types of poetic technique. You should be able to understand what the poem suggests -- or its connotation. This becomes easier as we discuss the poems in class.

    Finally, ALWAYS read the poems more than once. At least once read the poem aloud.

    Perrine offers (pp. 27-31) some important questions to address when we read a poem. Let's get used to answering them:

  • Who is the speaker?
  • What is the occasion?
  • What is the central purpose of the poem?
  • By what means is that purpose achieved?

    2. Elizabeth Bishop

    We are discussing "The Bight," "Florida," and "Seascape." Practice on one of the poems. Begin by annotating the poem for words or phrases that stick out for you -- whether they are unknown or strange in the context -- and learn more about the terms.

    What is the most important line in any one of the poems? Write about that line, what it means and how it relates to the poem as a whole.

    What are the dominant images of the poem? How does the poet construct the images (words, devices) and what effect does this choice have on the meaning?

    What is the dominant metaphor, if any, of the poem? What two things are being compared and how does bringing these things together affect the meaning of the poem?

    3. Next Class

    Start reading the chapters in Cresswell, and be prepared on Thursday to bring your questions about place theories to our discussion.


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