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/orĀ  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.

Extra Credit
August 17, 2008, 3:19 am
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