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1 10/30 Business – Survey Nothing that isn’t there and the nothing that is. Sun / Heat and the Imagination The Plain Sense of Thing + Of Mere Being HW – Read William Carlos Williams. At least through “the rose is obsolete” poem. – Questions by 9 tonight.

2 Survey results. PowerPoints – helpful in class, but not as much afterwards. – Comments mixed between wanting more text and less, more perspectives or more direction, etc. – Some request for more regularity, both in content, format, and availability Off Google Presentations Post faster I’ll work on this.

3 Online Discussion >90% find it a good way to contribute, >85% think it extends discussion 59% find it of use for writing. Around 72% find it helps them get invested in the text Seems to help at least somewhat understand the text, better than 50% usually. Comments want larger groups, better questions, more back and forth.

4 One-pagers Most found it a helpful way to engage the text with focused arguments. Generally seem to like them more than longer papers, while most don’t seem to mind writing them so often. Divided as to how stressful or serious they are A majority strongly agree to no question asked. Comments – As we talked about yesterday there still seems to be some confusion about the papers. Please ask me if you have concerns or come see me in office hours. I like going through papers with people :D

5 Course Design and Lesson Planning Mostly neutral about the proposed activities, lecture, small groups, discussion, except for student presentations. You all seem to hate that idea (why?). Generally, seems to be a negative reaction to doing things for yourselves (presentations, writings, call for more lecturing, etc. ). Clashes a bit with my teaching philosophy. Comments have been very positive. – Several positive comments about laid back atmosphere – Seem to like the readings, course emphasis, and being held to the text. – A little call for more focused lecturing, equally for more group discussion

6 The Snow Man Nothing that is not thereThe nothing that is.

7 The Rising Sun. “The Sun This March” – Discuss this as a transition out of the Mind of Winter “Tea at the Palaz of Hoon” – Though it doesn’t mention summer directly, this poem can be considered one of Stevens’ summer poems. Why? Compare and contrast to “The Snow Man” (hint: think imagery)

8 The Plain Sense of Things What season is this? Heading into winter, what is his big realization in this poem? – “Yet the absence of the imagination had / Itself to be imagined.” (128) Full-circle: How does this apply in “The Snow Man” or any of the other poems?

9 Of Mere Being Where does that leave us? – The palm stands on the edge of space. – The wind moves slowly in the branches. – The bird’s fire-fangled feathers dangle down. [130] Where does that leaves us relative to the task of interpretation?

10 HW Questions tonight by 9 Read Williams – going to further this emphasis on the imagination’s role in our interaction with things. – Get at least to “the rose is obsolete.” – You can skip the “Portrait of a Lady”. If you noticed I put a lady portrait from Pound, Eliot, and Williams in case you were interested in comparing.


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