This week class periods flew by, and I wished we had more time. On Monday we received The Eagle, a poem by Lord Tennyson. This poem we visited Monday thru Thursday and we were presented with a question to help us focus on literary devices used by the writer to help create the speaker’s voice. Through these questions and discussions with others a new layer to the poem was exposed. Being able to see all the different interpretations of the poem gave me new eyes and ears for the poem and has helped me to start enjoying and analyzing poetry more.
After we discussed The Eagle, we also started to discuss our chosen summer reading books. I was grouped with Emmy and Erica and we read How to Read Literature Like a Professor, The Waves, and Caramelo this summer. We all found the books very interesting, fulfilling reads that challenged us.
We also discussed how we had a little more difficulty reading The Waves due to its constantly changing perspectives, which made it difficult to know whose mind we were in throughout the story. We did discuss how the overview on Spark Notes did help clarify what perspective each part of the story was told from.
After our group discussed the books individually we began connecting them and laying out the outline of our comparative essay. I don’t consider myself an excellent writer, but Emmy and Erica are pretty strong writers. Hopefully they will help me to improve my writing through this project! I am looking forward to seeing the progression in my writing this year!