Category Archive: announcements

Dec 05

Guide to Punctuation

Didn’t I give you copies of my Brief Guide to Punctuation? Didn’t you read it? Wow, most of you seem to have a block about standard punctuation around quotation marks and parenthetical citations. Please remind me and we can discuss this on Friday.

Nov 26

Montrose & Milton

Montrose and Milton Montrose and Milton doc

Nov 05

Post Sandy Syllabus is posted

We’ll discuss this in class on November 5th.

Oct 31

The Friday after Sandy

Folks, I am not going to PENN on November 2nd. We will hold class — if you can get to campus. I think a rousing analysis of more Donne poetry may put us all in a better mood. Happy Halloween.

Oct 24

O witty John

In response to his ill-considered marriage, JD supposedly chalked this witticism on a back kitchen door: “John Donne, Anne Donne, un-done.”

Oct 23

The Undertaking

Hey, ho, add “The Undertaking” to the Donne poems you read for Wednesday the 24th. It will repay a careful reading. THE UNDERTAKING I HAVE done one braver thing Than all the Worthies did ; And yet a braver thence doth spring, Which is, to keep that hid. It were but madness now to impart …

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Oct 19

Pamphilia and Amphilanthus read aloud

Here’s a link to the librivox reading of Lady Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia & Amphilanthus.

Oct 17

Penhurst Castle

Home of Sir Philip Sidney, then to his brother Robert Sidney and his daughter Lady Mary Wroth (before her marriage). After Mary’s marriage to Robert Wroth in 1604 she moved to Loughton Hall, now a home for the elderly.

Oct 05

Shakespeare Sonnets

Feel free to read as many of the sonnets as you care to do, but at least (please) read the following: 1, 2, 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 29, 30, 44, 45, 50, 51, 55, 60, 64, 71, 73, 76, 77, 87, 92, 106, 110, 116, 127, 129, 130, 132, 135, 138, 144, 143, 146, …

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Oct 02

A brief moment in love

Here is a brief synopsis of the “plot” behind 10 consecutive sonnets in Astrophel & Stella; In sonnet 69 Stella has made some conditional statement of love to Astrophel; in sonnet 70, he hopes for a more positive outcome to his trial, and as the sonnet closes asks for silence instead of more writing (note …

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