Friday, March 7, 2014

AP Lit 3G: Byron & Shelley & Frankenstein

I haven't been here this week, so Ms. Haskell and the rest of the folks in the room caught me up to the speeds.

We looked at Lord Byron's "She Walks in Beauty" as a class because so many  folks have been absent recently.

We highlighted the contrasts of light and dark, the structure of the rhyme scheme, the presence of only two nouns per line, all working toward Byron's idea of maintaining balance.

We then took a look at an excerpt from Frankenstein.  I selected the opening paragraph from Chapter 20.

We explored the essential questions Shelley raises: responsibility for creation, playing Creator, progress vs safety and more.

More importantly, we examined HOW she builds these ideas through structure, parallelisms, diction and imagery.  

We discussed how Shelley functions as a designer of her work, thinking about the effect the construction of her piece will have upon her chief user: the reader.  

Hence, the lack of breaks in the paragraph, the building intensity, the exponential degrees of growth over the space of the passage, all there to get the reader feeling an overwhelming intensity.

If Shelley didn't employ empathy to achieve these ends, I'm not sure what she used.

Design. Build. Create.
Accept. Communicate. Trust.


Blog: 3+ Posts

Req'd Post: Use  to create a custom palette of at least three colors relating to meaning in Frankenstein.  You will need to name the palette and each color within it.  Be certain to choose purposeful names and push your self to go beyond the concrete.  (Concrete:  "blue sky" because the sky was blue.)
Due: March 7

Complete: Synthesis #3

Due: Mar 7

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