Read and annotate the texts for this week; then, respond to the questions below and participate in the discussion:
INITIAL POST (due 9/18):
Select two counterpart poems (side by side in the handout) from Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and focus on the speakers in the poems. Compare the speakers (age, attitudes, emotions, etc.). Cite and analyze specific lines from the poems in your comparison.
Use one symbolism or allusion concept (from Ch. 17 in our literature textbook or the “Symbolism” lecture) to identify themes in Keats’s “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” OR Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress.” Highlight the concept in bold.
Length: One page (250 words) total
Respond in a structured, focused response. This isn’t a free-write in which you just jot down thoughts. Write clear, grammatical sentences, in coherent paragraphs, and use an appropriate tone. Your response should show that you are familiar with the texts. Do not offer a long summary or background information unless it is related to the question.
RESPONSE POST (due 9/19):
Respond to at least one classmate’s post with a thoughtful comment. You are not limited to praise or agreement. If something needs to be pointed out, do it in a polite but clear way. Avoid irrelevant comments; focus on the texts and the classmate’s ideas. Avoid vague comments like “I agree” or “Good work.”
Note: Avoid posting blank or “test” posts. If you are unclear about the instructions or having trouble, contact me before posting.
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