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1 If Its Square, Its a Sonnet Chapter 4 How to Read Literature Like a Professor Brock Fletcher 2012

2 The sonnet is the only poetic form the great majority of readers ever needs to know (22) It is the only one you will usually see It is the only one you will usually see Other forms require mnemonic assistance(23) Other forms require mnemonic assistance(23)

3 Easily Recognisable Look for square shape Look for square shape Count 14 lines Count 14 lines Read for Iambic Pentameter Read for Iambic Pentameter

4 How to read a poem Read for enjoyment first, and appreciate the magic of a poem Read for enjoyment first, and appreciate the magic of a poem Then go back and see how the poet worked the magic on you Then go back and see how the poet worked the magic on you Magic in Sonnets often come from its form Magic in Sonnets often come from its form

5 Sonnet Form 2 parts and a Shift 2 parts and a Shift Varying rhyme schemes Varying rhyme schemes Sonnets are engineered Sonnets are engineered 14 lines 14 lines 8/6 split usually 8/6 split usually

6 An Echo from Willowwood TWO gazd into a pool, he gazd and she, Not hand in hand, yet heart in heart, I think, Pale and reluctant on the waters brink AS on the brink of parting which must be, Each eyed the others aspect, she and he, Each felt one hungering heart leap up and sink, Each tasted bitterness which both must drink There on the brink of lifes dividing sea. Lilies upon the surface, deep below Two wistful faces craving each for each, Resolute and reluctant without speech: A sudden ripple made the faces flow One moment joind, to vanish out of reach: So these hearts joind, and ah! were parted so. (Rossetti)(25) 1

7 Rossetti manages her content so that it tells a story of complex human longing and regret within the confines of a very demanding form. The beauty of this poem lies, in part, in the tension between the small package and the large emotional and narrative scene it contains…The sonnet form actually becomes part of the meaning of the poem. (27) Rossetti manages her content so that it tells a story of complex human longing and regret within the confines of a very demanding form. The beauty of this poem lies, in part, in the tension between the small package and the large emotional and narrative scene it contains…The sonnet form actually becomes part of the meaning of the poem. (27)

8 Why Form matters: It just might mean something It just might mean something

9 Sonnets are short poems that take far more time, because everything has to be perfect(27) Sonnets are short poems that take far more time, because everything has to be perfect(27)

10 Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before? Chapter 5 Brock Fletcher

11 Connect The Dots Reading Literature is a lot like connecting the dots. Reading Literature is a lot like connecting the dots. Some can look at it and see what it is, while others have to be almost finished before they see it. Some can look at it and see what it is, while others have to be almost finished before they see it. The more connect-the-dot drawings you do, the more likely you are to recognize the design early on (27) The more connect-the-dot drawings you do, the more likely you are to recognize the design early on (27) Part of pattern reconition is talent, but a whole lot of it is practice (29) Part of pattern reconition is talent, but a whole lot of it is practice (29)

12 There is no such thing as a wholly original work of literature(29) The more you read, the more you recognize archetypes, patterns and recurences. The more you read, the more you recognize archetypes, patterns and recurences.

13 Going After Cacciato Half reality, half day-dream Half reality, half day-dream Almost all of the stories are taken from other works Almost all of the stories are taken from other works Still original because tons of unrelated stories are combined in a way that makes sense. Still original because tons of unrelated stories are combined in a way that makes sense. Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland Sarkin Aung Wan Sacajawea Sarkin Aung Wan Sacajawea

14 There is only one story (32) [Literature is] like a barrel of eels. When a writer creates a new eel, it wriggles its way into the barrel, muscles a path into the great teeming mass from which it came in the first plce Its a new eel, but it shares its eelness with all those other eels that are in the barrel or have ever been in the barrel.(32-33) [Literature is] like a barrel of eels. When a writer creates a new eel, it wriggles its way into the barrel, muscles a path into the great teeming mass from which it came in the first plce Its a new eel, but it shares its eelness with all those other eels that are in the barrel or have ever been in the barrel.(32-33)

15 Stories grow out of other stories Does not have to stick to genre. Does not have to stick to genre. Beowulf/ Grendel Beowulf/ Grendel Modern day Scrooge Modern day Scrooge Similarities can be direct, ironic, funny or tragic. Similarities can be direct, ironic, funny or tragic. Aha! Factor (33) Aha! Factor (33)

16 Inter-textual Dialogue Example: An author may disagree with the theme of a novel, and write his own novel which reflects the first but with a very important contrast to make his statement. Example: An author may disagree with the theme of a novel, and write his own novel which reflects the first but with a very important contrast to make his statement.

17 What if you dont make these connections? A story needs to be good on its own, and heightened by making connections A story needs to be good on its own, and heightened by making connections It helps to go to teachers because they can point you in the right direction of noticing something you might miss. It helps to go to teachers because they can point you in the right direction of noticing something you might miss.

18 Source Cited Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York, NY: Harper-Collins Publishers Inc., Print. Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York, NY: Harper-Collins Publishers Inc., Print.


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