College English Literature and Composition

Welcome new College English Literature and Composition students!  I am looking forward to next school year.  Here is copy of the summer work you need to do for the first day of school.  Enjoy your summer!

College lit and comp summer assignment 2017

College Lit sample notes for Bible readings

Thursday, August 17

  • Welcome
  • Syllabus
  • Binder check/ Bible note check
  • Getting to Know You Shared Google Doc (finish for homework)

Monday, Aug. 21

  • Lit term 1 Quiz on Thursday
  • College Application Puzzle
  • Write for College- Personal Writing (CO Standards 3.2 & 3.3)
  • College Essay- Analyze intros (CO Standard 3.1.e.)
  • Homework: Rd. Ch. 1 in Mythology and take notes on the 12 Olympians (due Wed) (CO Standards 2.2. c & e)

Tuesday, Aug. 22

  • College Essay (cont’d from Monday)
  • Writing workshop- Prompt 1  (CO Standards 3.2 & 3.3)
  • HOMEWORK: See Monday

Wednesday, Aug. 23

  • Review 12 Olympians
  • Writing workshop- Prompt 1  (CO Standards 3.2 & 3.3)
  • HOMEWORK: Prometheus & Io, p. 95-100; Orpheus & Eurydice, p. 138-143; Daedalus, p. 193-195; take notes on stories (due Thurs) (CO Standards 2.2. c & e)

Thursday, Aug. 24

  • Lit term quiz 1
  • Peer edit college essays
  • 2nd draft due Monday
  • Homework: The Trojan War, p. 253-276 + notes (due Monday) (CO Standards 2.2. c & e)

Monday, Aug. 28

  • Trojan War notes due
  • Research Victorian Age
  • 2nd draft of college essay shared with teacher
  • Homework: House of Atreus p. 345-372 + notes (due Wed)

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • Voice lessons
  • Work on shared presentation (Google Slides) for Victorian Age
  • Homework: House of Atreus p. 345-372 + notes (due Wed)

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Grammar: Comma Usage
  • Continue group work on Victorian Age– Presentations due Thursday
  • Homework: The Royal House of Thebes p. 373-389 + notes (due Tues.)

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • Present Victorian Age PowerPoints
  • Hand out study guide for Bible/Mythology MythologyBibleQuizStudyGuide (1)
  • Hmwork: The Royal House of Thebes p. 373-389 + notes (due Tues.) & study for test
  • Bible/Mythology test on Tuesday! (No school Monday- Labor Day)
  • Voc

Monday, Sept. 4- NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Tuesday, Sept. 5

  • Bible/Mythology Test
  • College Essay revisions due next Monday.
  • Begin Reading Great Expectations, Ch. 1 & 2; take concise notes for all chapters!
  • Lit terms 2 list- due Thursday

Wednesday, Sept. 6

  • GE Ch. 1 & 2 discussion
  • Comma Usage corrections (put the rule number above the correction)
  • Read Ch. 3 & 4

Thursday, Sept. 7

Monday, Sept. 11

  • Voice lessons
  • College essay revisions due.
  • Student-Led discussion GE Ch. 5-10; bring 5 questions
  • Homework: Read Ch. 11

Tuesday, Sept. 12

  • Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week: “The Economic Guide to Picking a College Major.”- Close Reading
  • Student-Led Discussion Ch. 11 of Great Expectations; bring 3 questions
  • Homework: Ch. 12 & 13

Wednesday, Sept. 13

  • 1 pg. response to KG’s article
  • Student-Led Discussion Ch. 12 & 13; bring 3 questions
  • Homework: Study for Lit term 2 quiz, read Ch. 14 & 15 & take notes; bring 3 questions for discussion

Thursday, Sept. 14

  • Lit terms & devices 2 quiz
  • Student-Led Discussion- Ch. 14 & 15 & notes; bring 3 questions
  • Vocab Unit 1: Quiz on Tues.
  • Homework: Ch. 16-19 of Great Expectations (End of Pt. 1) & notes & 5 questions for discussion on Monday

Monday, Sept. 18

  • Discussion of Ch. 16-19
  • Homework: Read Ch. 20-21, notes & 3 questions; study for vocab

Tuesday, Sept. 19

  • Vocab Unit 1 quiz
  • Ch. 20-21 discussion
  • Poetry analysis: “Freedom’s Plow” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D01PM–NEWE
  • Homework: Ch. 22, notes & 3 questions

Wednesday, Sept. 20

  • Voice lessons
  • Ch. 22 discussion
  • Homework: Ch. 23-24, notes & 3 questions

Thursday, Sept. 22

  • Ch. 23-24 student-led discussion
  • Lit. terms 3- begin in class
  • Homework: Lit terms 3 (due Mon.); Rd. Ch. 25-29, takes notes & prepare 5 questions for discussion

Monday, Sept. 25

  • Lit terms 3 due
  • Grammar- parallelism
  • Student-led discussion of Ch. 25-29
  • Homework: Rd. Ch. 30-31; notes & 3 questions

Tuesday, Sept. 26

  • “Freedom’s Plow” ; identifying lit. devices & figurative language
  • Discussion of Ch. 30 & 31
  • Homework: Rd. Ch. 32 & 33; notes & 3 questions

Wednesday, Sept. 27

  • Voice lessons
  • Student-led discussion of Ch. 32 & 33
  • Homework: Rd. Ch. 34 & 35; notes & 3 questions

Thursday, Sept. 28

  • Lit. term 3 quiz
  • Student-led discussion of Ch. 34 & 35
  • Homework: Rd. Ch. 36-39 (End of the 2nd state of Pip’s Expectations); notes & 5 questions

Monday, Oct. 2

  • Great Expectations discussion Ch. 36-39; — bring 5 questions
  • College essay 2- choose prompt
  • Homework: Essay prompt, Ch. 40; notes & 3 questions

Tuesday, Oct. 3

  • Vocab- online practice, Unit 2
  • Discussion on Ch. 40
  • College Essay- Work on 1st draft
  • Homework: Ch. 41 & 42; notes & 3 questions

Wednesday, Oct. 4

  • Hand in questions for Ch. 41 & 42
  • Online vocab quiz, Unit 2
  • College Essay-Work on 1st draft
  • Homework: Complete essay, read Ch. 43 & 44; notes & 3 questions

Thursday, Oct. 5

  • Hand in questions for Ch. 43 & 44
  • Peer editing of  College Essay
  • Homework: Ch. 45-49 & 5 questions; revise college essay (2nd draft due Monday)

Mon., Oct 9

  • Discussion of Ch. 45-49
  • Lit terms 4 handout (may have time today or tomorrow to work on in class)
  • College Essay 2 2nd draft due
  • Homework: Ch. 50 & 51 & 3 questions

Tues., Oct. 10

  • Discussion of Ch. 50 & 51
  • Work on Lit terms (if time)
  • Homework: Ch. 52 & 53 & 3 questions; lit terms 4 due Wed.

Wed., Oct. 11

  • Lit terms 4 due
  • Voice Lessons
  • Discussion of Ch. 52 & 53
  • Vocab Online- Unit 3 (begin working w/Unit 3, highlight unknown words)
  • Homework: Ch. 54 & 3 questions

Thurs., Oct. 12

  • Hand back Lit terms 4 (Quiz Mon)
  • Discussion of Ch. 54
  • Unit 3 Online practice
  • Homework: Ch. 55-59 & 5 questions; study for lit terms 4 quiz

Mon., Oct. 16

  • Study guide for test

Tues., Oct. 17

  • Great Expectations Test
  • Unit 3 Vocab practice (if time)
  • Handout Individual Book Project Guidelines

Wed., Oct. 18

  • Types of Satire
  • Satire vocabulary terms
  • Political cartoons
  • Parody of “Jesus Take the Wheel”
  • Vocab practice;  Quiz Th.

Thurs., Oct. 19

  • Vocab Unit 3 quiz
  • Evaluate Simpson’s episodes, identifying type of satire, examples of satire, and statement being made about society

Mon., Oct. 23

  • Lit terms 4 quiz
  • Satire project  satireproject
  • Work on Project

Tues., Oct. 24

Wed., Oct. 25

  • The Crucible Overture and Act 1
  • Start critical thinking questions

Thurs., Oct. 26

  • Share satire projects
  • Bring novels for Independent Book Project

Mon., Oct. 30

  • The Crucible, Act 1
  • Work on critical thinking questions (homework)

Tues., Oct. 31

  • The Crucible, finish Act 1
  • Vocab Unit 4, highlight unknown words
  • Work on critical thinking questions (due Wed.)

Wed., Nov. 1

  • The Crucible, Act 1 questions due!
  • Voice lessons
  • Classroom discussion on Act 1
  • Begin reading Act 2

Thurs., Nov. 2

  • SOTC- Independent novels for book project
  • Vocab practice, Unit 4
  • SSR
  • Lit terms & devices 5 (due Monday)

Mon., Nov. 6

  • Lit terms & devices 5 due!
  • The Crucible, Act 2
  • Questions due on Tuesday
  • Vocab practice (if time; quiz on Tu)

Tues., Nov. 7

  • Vocab- Unit 4 quiz
  • Watch Act 2
  • Begin Act 3 (if time)

Wed., Nov. 8

  • The Crucible, Act 3
  • Work on questions

Thurs., Nov. 9

  • SOTC- Independent novels
  • Lit terms 5 quiz
  • The Crucible, Act 3
  • Act 3 questions due Monday
  • Watch Act 3?

 

Mon, Nov. 13

  • The Crucible Act 3 (finish)
  • Watch Act 3
  • Act 3 questions due on Tuesday.

Tues, Nov. 14

  • Vocab- Unit 5- highlight unknown words
  • Begin Act 4
  • Complete Act 4 questions that can be completed

Wed, Nov. 15

  • Voice Lessons
  • Read Act 4
  • Watch end of movie
  • Questions due on Thurs.

Thurs, Nov. 16

Mon., Nov. 27

  • Group work on Mass Hysteria Project (due Nov. 29)

Tues., Nov. 28

  • Work on Presentations for Mass Hysteria Project (make sure Google presentations are shared with me!)

Wed., Nov. 29

  • Presentations of Mass Hysteria Projects
  • Hand in Venn Diagrams for the project.
  • Vocab Unit 5 practice (quiz on Th)

Thurs., Nov. 30

  • Vocab Unit 5 Quiz
  • Discuss writing about themes
  • Outline/Web ideas for Crucible theme essay
  • Work on first draft of essay (due for peer edit on Monday)

Mon., Dec. 4

  • Vocab Unit 5 Practice
  • Peer conference of Crucible essay

Tues., Dec. 5

  • Vocab Unit 5 test
  • “Half-Hanged Mary”- 1st reading and active reading

Wed., Dec. 6

  • PPSSSTTT with “Half-Hanged Mary”
  • Read first paragraphs of essays (if time)
  • Crucible essay due

Thurs., Dec. 7

 

Mon., Dec. 11

  • Lit terms quiz will be Wed.
  • Independent Reading Project Workday
  • Homework: Evaluate your compare/contrast essays (due Wed.)

Tues., Dec. 12

  • Vocab Unit 6- highlight unknown words
  • “Barn Burning” Anticipation Guide, begin reading
  • Begin reading, “Barn Burning” by Wm. Faulkner  http://jerrywbrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Barn-Burning-by-William-Faulkner-1.pdf
  • Lit terms 6 due

Wed., Dec. 13

  • Continue reading of “Barn Burning”; answer critical thinking questions

Thurs., Dec. 15

  • Lit terms 6 quiz
  • Vocab practice, Unit 6
  • “Nighttime Fires” by Regina Barreca, 1st reading, PPSSSTTT analysis (due Monday)
  • Independent Reading Project Due Today!

Mon., Dec. 18

  • AP Lit text- P. 50-57, Comparing & Contrasting Texts
  • Read “Slam, Dunk, and Hook” on pp. 42-43 and “Fast Break” on p. 49 aloud
  • Then, read p. 50-57
  • On p. 57, complete questions 1-6
  • (Do not do activity or reading at the bottom of p. 57)

Tues., Dec. 19

  • Vocab practice (quiz on Wed.)
  • Compare “Barn Burning” and “Nighttime Fires” (chart)

Wed., Dec. 20

  • Vocab Unit 6 online quiz
  • Semester exam- Prewriting (web essay) OR study for exams

Thurs., Dec. 21

  • Semester exam

Mon., Jan. 8

  • Brave New Voices– Claims (Thesis statements)

Tues., Jan. 9

  • Ethos, Logos, Pathos  Prezi   https://prezi.com/1iladdbm4-mn/ethos-pathos-logos/
  • Ch. 1: Choices, “Rhetoric”
  • Complete reading guide

Wed., Jan. 10

  • Vocab Unit 7- highlight unknown words
  • Writing personal commentary
  • Show model text
  • Brainstorm topics

Thurs., Jan. 11

  • Vocab online practice
  • Writing workshop- personal commentaries (prepare to share on Monday)

 

Mon., Jan. 15

  • Share commentaries
  • Ch. 2: Choices
  • Homework: Finish chapter and work on reading guide questions

Tues., Jan. 16

  • Vocab practice
  • Blog Project (explain)
  • Work on Blog Project

Wed., Jan. 17

  • Vocab practice
  • Work on Blog Project- Add commentary to blog

Thurs., Jan. 18

  • Vocab Unit 7 Quiz
  • Ch. 3: Choices, “Choices about structure”
  • Homework: Ch. 3 questions

 

Mon., Jan. 22

  • Choices Ch. 3 questions due
  • Writer’s Notebook- Visual prompt
  • Visual Literacy Assignment- Blog writing
  • Lit terms #7 (due Wed.)

 

Tues., Jan. 23

  • Narrative Essay PPT www.easyliteracy.com/narrativeessay.ppt  OR  https://prezi.com/haia9r0vbzid/narrative-writing/
  • Read example of literacy narrative
  • Choices, Ch. 4 (read excerpts in class; remainder as homework)
  • Ch. 4 questions (due Wed)

Wed., Jan. 24

  • Vocab practice
  • Literacy Narrative Assignment (on Google docs first)

Thurs., Jan. 25

  • (Students not in class due to Winterfest activities– Do peer review over the weekend.  It has been shared with you.
  • Peer review of Literacy Narrative  LiteracyNarrative-PeerEdit
  • Submit 2nd draft in to Google classroom by Mon.

 

Mon., Jan. 29

  • Writer’s notebook- visual prompt
  • Background on Chaucer & the Canterbury Tales  www.northandoverpublicschools.com/faculty/…/CantTalesIntro.pptx
  • Translate Middle English to Modern English
  • Begin Part 1 of “The Knight’s Tale” (Rd. columns 1-4 as homework)

Tues., Jan. 30

  • Lit terms #7 quiz
  • Finish part 1 of “The Knight’s Tale”
  • Discuss questions

Wed., Jan. 31

  • Vocab SAT Bk 4, Lsn 1; highlight unknown words
  • Part 2 of “The Knight’s Tale”

Thurs., Feb. 1

  • Voice lessons
  • Part 2 of “The Knight’s Tale
  • Discuss questions
  • Homework: Lit terms #8, Vocab practice (quiz on Tu) & at least one page in writer’s notebook

 

Mon., Feb. 5

  • Vocab practice
  • Choices Ch. 5- Read first section and show images of the actor for student connection
  • Explain Community Writing Assignment
  • Lit terms due
  • Read Ch. 5 & complete worksheet for homework

Tues., Feb. 6

  • Vocab online quiz, SAT Bk 4, Lsn 1
  • Brainstorm issues “in the news”– in your writer’s notebooks; then share out as class.
  • Notecard format: ntcrd_frmt1 http://www.roseburg.k12.or.us/rhs/library/pdfpage/SEARCH/ntcrd_frmt.pdf
  • Homework: Write a blog post on a local, state, or national issue that you feel strongly about; persuade your readers to see your point of view by using ethos, pathos, and logos.

Wed., Feb. 7

  • Mr. Bomgardner– ICAP
  • Research and work on notecards
  • Notecard format: ntcrd_frmt http://www.roseburg.k12.or.us/rhs/library/pdfpage/SEARCH/ntcrd_frmt.pdf

Thurs., Feb. 8

  • Research and work on notecards
  • Notecard format: ntcrd_frmt http://www.roseburg.k12.or.us/rhs/library/pdfpage/SEARCH/ntcrd_frmt.pdf
  • Notecards due on Monday– at least 2 source cards and 8 content cards.
  • Write at least one page in your writer’s notebook by Monday.
  • Lit terms quiz will be Monday!

 

Mon., Feb. 12

  • Lit terms 8 quiz
  • Writing workshop- Work on rough draft of Community Writing Assignment
  • Notecards due (at least 2 source cards & 8 content cards)

Tues., Feb. 13

  • Voice lessons
  • Writing workshop-Work on rough draft of Community Writing Assignment

Wed., Feb. 14

  • Part 3 of “The Knight’s Tale” (Finish last 4 columns as homework)
  • RD of Community Writing Assignment due tomorrow!

Thurs., Feb. 15

  • Vocab online, SAT Bk 4, Lsn 2; highlight unknown words
  • Peer conference on Community Writing Assignment
  • Revise CWA (due Mon.- submit to Google classroom)

 

Mon., Feb. 19

  • Community Writing Projects due (submit through Google classroom)
  • Vocab practice
  • Finish Part 4 of The Knight’s Tale, read comic strip

Tues., Feb. 20

  • Writer’s notebook- visual prompt
  • Vocab SAT Bk 4, Unit 2 practice
  • Choices, Ch. 6
  • Homework: Finish Ch. 6 & complete questions

Wed., Feb. 21

  • Practice vocab
  • Discuss Media Critique
  • Show model texts for Media Critiques
  • Homework: Prewriting- post to blog (due Tu.); choose ad for critique

Thurs., Feb. 22

  • Vocab quiz (online)
  • Writing workshop- rough draft of media critique
  • Make sure your critique analyzes:
    1. How the text (the ad) is structured.
    2. How it appeals to the ideal community.
    3. How it employs rhetoric (the strategic use of language), images, and cultural myths to persuade its viewers (ethos, logos, pathos).
  • Rough draft due Monday

 

Mon., Feb. 26

  • 1st reading of “The History Teacher”
  • Close reading of “The History Teacher”
  • PPSSSTTT- Poetry Analysis

Tues., Feb. 27

  • Peer edit critiques
  • 2nd draft due Thurs. (turn in to Google classroom)

Wed., Feb. 

  • 1st reading of “A Barred Owl”
  • Close reading of “A Barred Owl”
  • PPSSSTTT- Poetry Analysis
  • Homework: Turn critique in to Google Classroom

Thurs., Mar. 1

  • Writing to a timed prompt- Poetry comparison (have one class period)
  • Homework:  Lit terms 9 due Monday

 

Mon., Mar. 5

  • Writer’s notebook- write about the worst summer job you ever had (use imagery!)- transfer to your blog for homework
  • Resumes for summer jobs
  • Look at examples http://jobsearch.about.com/od/sampleresume1/a/summer-job-resume-examples.htm
  • More examples: https://resumegenius.com/resume-templates/basic-templates#classic-resume-templates
  • Lit terms 9 due

Tues., Mar. 6

  • Writing Workshop- Resume

Wed., Mar. 7

  • Peer Conference of Resume
  • Discuss cover letters

Thursday, Mar. 8

  • Resumes due (submit to Mrs. T’s Google classroom)
  • Lit terms 9 quiz
  • Writing workshop- Cover letter (due Monday- submit to Mrs. T’s Google classroom)

 

Mon., Mar. 12

Tues., Mar. 13

  • Voice lessons
  • Macbeth- Act 1

Wed., Mar. 14

  • Macbeth– Act 1; questions due Th.
  • Online vocab- highlight unknown words

Thurs., Mar. 15

  • Vocab online practice
  • Finish Act 1
  • Act 1 questions due by Mon. 26
  • Writing Portfolio requirements (due in May)

 

Mon., Mar. 26

Tues., Mar. 27

  • Vocab practice
  • Macbeth Act 2

Wed., Mar. 28

  • Vocab practice (quiz on Thurs.)
  • Watch Act 2

 

Thurs., Mar. 29

  • Vocab quiz
  • Begin reading Act 3  MacbethAct3ReadingGuide
  • Act 2 questions due
  • Finish Act 3 on your own over the weekend & write 1 page in your writer’s notebook.  Due Mon.

Mon., Apr. 2

  • Writer’s notebook check- Enter 1 entry as a post on your blog!
  • Watch Act 3
  • Begin Act 4

Tues., Apr. 3

Wed., Apr. 4

Thurs., Apr. 5

  • Read Act 5
  • Finish for homework & complete Act 5 questions (due on Mon.)
  • Post on your blog over the weekend– you can post a writing from your writer’s notebook OR post on a topic that is important to you.

 

Mon., Apr. 9

  • Finish watching Macbeth
  • Character web of Lady Macbeth

Tues, Apr. 10

  • Character analysis- Lady Macbeth

Wed., Apr. 11

  • Vocab SAT Book 4, Lesson 5
  • Writing workshop (begin working on portfolio revisions)

Thurs., Apr. 12

  • Choices Ch. 7
  • Class discussion on Ch. 7
  • Ch. 7 questions due Mon.

 

Mon., Apr. 16

  • Vocab online practice
  • Informative Project requirements & deadlines
  • Review Notecard format
  • Homework: Blog assignment for Informative Project

Tues., Apr. 17

  • Writer’s notebook entry
  • Research for Informative Project (15 Notecards due Mon.)

Wed., Apr. 18

  • Vocab online practice
  • Research for Informative Project (15 Notecards due Mon.)

Thurs., Apr. 19

  • Vocab quiz
  • Research for Informative Project (15 Notecards due Mon.)
  • Homework: Writer’s notebook entry & lit terms

 

Mon., Apr 23

  • Notecard check (at least 2 source cards & 13 content cards)
  • Writing Workshop- Informative Project
  • Lit terms due

Tues, Apr 24

  • Writing Workshop- Informative Project (rough draft due Wed, Apr 25)

Wed, Apr 25

  • Peer edit of Informative Project
  • Work on Title Page (separate doc) & Works Cited page

Th, Apr 26

  • Lit term quiz
  • Writing workshop- Informative Project
  • 2nd draft due Monday
  • Get your tri-fold board for your senior boards (will begin working on them May 1- bring pics!)

 

Mon., Apr. 30

  • Informative Projects Due today!
  • Writing Workshop for Final Portfolio (due May 15)

Tues., May 1

  • Work on senior boards

Wed., May 2

  • Writing Workshop for Final Portfolio (due May 15)

 Thurs., May 3

  • Work on senior boards

 

Mon., May 7

  • SAT vocab- highlight unknown words
  • Writing Workshop for final portfolio

Tues., May 8

  • Work on senior boards

Wed., May 9 

  • Vocab online practice
  • Writing workshop-Final Portfolio Project

Thurs., May 10

  • Begin watching Freedom Writers
  • Work on critical thinking questions

 

Mon, May 13

  • Vocab quiz (online)
  • Freedom Writers
  • Work on critical thinking questions

Tues., May 14

  • Freedom Writers
  • Final blog entry- Ode or Farewell to CCHS
  • Final Writing Portfolios due today!

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This line delineates this year’s from last year’s plans.

 

 

 

 

AP Syllabus for audit- Tillotson

AP Finder’s Words

Signed expectations

AP Resources:

AP Test Preparation

AP Lit Book List 2010

http://www.mymaxscore.com/images/stories/docs/MMS_EnglishLit_PracTest.pdf – I highly recommend this AP practice exam!

Mrs. T

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3 thoughts on “College English Literature and Composition

    1. Zachary

      Shakespeare is trying to say that he loves his mistress because she isn’t perfect. He says that he likes the sound of her voice, but he sounds music that sounds much better. He degrades her appearance by comparing her to things that are far more beautiful than her. Shakespeare still loves his mistress because of those imperfections. Even though Shakespeare is critiquing the appearance of his mistress there is still the emotional overtone of love. Shakespeare is the speaker and he’s speaking about his mistress. When the poem is first read, the reader might believe that Shakespeare doesn’t like all of these things about his mistress, but when read again the reader can realize that the mistress is loved for her imperfections. Shakespeare is trying to say that nobody is perfect and they can still be loved for what makes them unique. This is a Shakespearian Sonnet. The diction used is simple to understand, yet complex in its meaning. The only part of the Sonnet that Shakespeare isn’t critiquing his mistress is in the couplet. So this isn’t really a shift. but more of a conclusion of his love for his mistress.

      I think the poem is a good way to express how Shakespeare felt. It seems rude, but the underlying tone of love seems to make the rudeness better. The poem wasn’t too hard to understand, but it can be misleading. When I first read it, I thought that Shakespeare was just degrading a women because she wasn’t beautiful. When I read the poem, for a second time, I caught a hint of a different tone. After hearing the tone of love, the poem made more sense.

    2. Jamie

      Shakespeare says in his poem that his mistress is far from perfect. He degrades her appearance and makes her appear far from beautiful. He implies through his descriptions that he knows there are far more beautiful women in the world. It seems that even though he knows knows she is imperfect, he loves her all the same. Even though Skakespeare degrades her, the overall feeling of the poem is his love for her. The speaker of the poem is a man, possibly Skakespeare himself, speaking about his mistress. The tone of the poem is admiring criticism. Skakespeare uses powerful diction such as black wires and reek. This diction creates strong imagery that affects the tone of the poem. The description shows how unatractive Shakespeare thinks his mistress is. The theme is that love does not care about beauty and perfection. True love loves all a persons imperfections. The shift of the poem is in the couplet. In these two lines Skakespeare turns from criticizing his mistress to expressing how much he loves her. The poem is very interesting because it is at first very misleading. I like the things that Skakespeare uses to compare his mistress to. They are very distinct objects that everyone can relate to. Shakespeare’s sonnet is very moving in a nontraditional way.

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