Freshman Comp 2- Writing About Literature

*Poetry Extra Credit!*
November 21, 2008, 3:22 pm
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Now that you have learned a little about new poetic forms, here is your chance to try them for yourself! Part of good analysis is putting yourself in a character’s shoes. In this instance, you will be the poet! Write a villanelle, sestina, sonnet, ode, or elegy. For those poems without specific length requirements (ode, elegy), write at least 15-20 lines. Please take this assignment seriously; it must be good quality work to count for extra credit. Work that is sloppy, hastily done, or careless will not be counted for credit. All poems must be typed and handed in during class by 12/08 (final). Successful sestinas and villanelles will count for 2 extra points; sonnets, odes, and elegies 1, due to their less complicated nature. Have fun and try something new! And remember, you must follow the rules–use your text!


Extra Credit #1
September 7, 2008, 8:51 pm
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The first extra credit assignment will coincide with our reading of war stories. Please compare the film Stop-Loss with the characters and events in Hemmingway’s Soldier’s Home, Erdrich’s Red Convertible, and/or  O’Brien’s How to Tell a True War Story. This may be written as a journal entry or formal essay, your choice. This may be submitted up until Monday 12/1. There is a link to the film’s website if you click the title above. The film is excellently done, but I will warn you that it is graphic and can be very upsetting. This is perhaps the war we, as Americans on safe ground, do not see. Please be aware of this before watching the film.

Taylor Mali
August 17, 2008, 8:17 pm
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Hey folks, this is a great reading of Taylor Mali’s poem, “The Impotence of Proofreading” –watch the clip, I did not mis-type! We will cover some of his material this semester. Enjoy!

The the impotence of proofreading
By Taylor Mali

Has this ever happened to you?
You work very horde on a paper for English clash
And then get a very glow raid (like a D or even a D=)
and all because you are the word¹s liverwurst spoiler.
Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence.

This is a problem that affects manly, manly students.
I myself was such a bed spiller once upon a term
that my English teacher in my sophomoric year,
Mrs. Myth, said I would never get into a good colleague.
And that¹s all I wanted, just to get into a good colleague.
Not just anal community colleague,
because I wouldn¹t be happy at anal community colleague.
I needed a place that would offer me intellectual simulation,
I really need to be challenged, challenged dentally.
I know this makes me sound like a stereo,
but I really wanted to go to an ivory legal collegue.
So I needed to improvement
or gone would be my dream of going to Harvard, Jail, or Prison
(in Prison, New Jersey).

So I got myself a spell checker
and figured I was on Sleazy Street.

But there are several missed aches
that a spell chukker can¹t can¹t catch catch.
For instant, if you accidentally leave a word
your spell exchequer won¹t put it in you.
And God for billing purposes only
you should have serial problems with Tori Spelling
your spell Chekhov might replace a word
with one you had absolutely no detention of using.
Because what do you want it to douch?
It only does what you tell it to douche.
You¹re the one with your hand on the mouth going clit, clit, clit.
It just goes to show you how embargo
one careless clit of the mouth can be.

Which reminds me of this one time during my Junior Mint.
The teacher read my entire paper on A Sale of Two Titties
out loud to all of my assmates.
I¹m not joking, I¹m totally cereal.
It was the most humidifying experience of my life,
being laughed at pubically.

So do yourself a flavor and follow these two Pisces of advice:
One: There is no prostitute for careful editing.
And three: When it comes to proofreading,
the red penis your friend.

Gloria Anzaldua
August 17, 2008, 3:47 pm
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Gloria Anzaldua



Allen Ginsberg
August 17, 2008, 3:30 pm
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Allen Ginsberg


Anne Sexton
August 17, 2008, 3:21 pm
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Anne Sexton “For My Lover, Returning To His Wife”


Gary Soto
August 17, 2008, 3:13 pm
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Gary Soto, “Oranges”