20 Poets on the Meaning of Poetry We’ve been thinking about poet Meena Alexander’s incredible address to the Yale Political Union, in which she refers to Shelley’s 1821 essay, A Defence of Poetry. The English poet’s work famously stated, “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Alexander concludes: “The poem is an invention that exists in spite of history… In a time of violence, the task of poetry is in some way to reconcile us to our world and to allow us a measure of tenderness and grace with which to exist… Poetry’s task is to reconcile us to the world — not to accept it at face value or to assent to things that are wrong, but to reconcile one in a larger sense, to return us in love, the province of the imagination, to the scope of our mortal lives.” Other poets have attempted to interpret “what is deeply felt and is essentially unsayable.”
11 Lessons That 'Jane Eyre' Can Teach Every 21st Century Woman About How To Live Well Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" was published on this day in 1847. While I'm a very big fan of most Victorian literature, "Jane Eyre" made an impression on me that other novels formerly hadn't. "Jane Eyre" is not just a gothic romance novel. It's a bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story. BookPage Celebrating Dickens at 200 Well Read Column by Robert Weibezahl > Arts & Culture / Literature
Poetry Editor & Poetry: 10 Ways to Read a Poem 1. Get comfy and enjoy your first reading. Relax into the experience without trying to analyze anything. ENT Gallery: Bringing Text to Life King Philip Regional School District Bringing Text to Life OVERVIEW The title of this unit "Bringing Text to Life" reminds us that understanding and communicating a literary text is a creative process. "Bringing text to life" emphasizes the distinction between speaking and communicating , between reading and reading for meaning, and between writing and writing for discovery. 5 Quick Ways to Assess Kids' Writing Progress Is your students' writing all over the map? You likely have some some students struggling with basic mechanics and others working on their authorial flair. Here are five strategies for assessing a wide range of writing skills fairly and easily.
10 Sci Fi and Fantasy Works Every Conservative Should Read The left-wing science fiction writer China Miéville has compiled a list of “50 Sci Fi and Fantasy Works Every Socialist Should Read.” As a longtime reader of speculative and ”weird” fiction and qualified admirer of Miéville’s work, I thought it would be fun to offer a companion list for conservatives. I’m not suggesting that these books express conservative views as such. But they do raise questions for conservatives or develop ideas from which conservatives can learn. Partly for reasons of time and partly because I wanted to avoided overlap, my list is considerably shorter than Miéville’s: just ten works.
The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips The above map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature. It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times.
The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” Having the “same” text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners or for a teacher with a mainstream class that includes some students that are facing other challenges. They can be an important tool for differentiation. But where do you get these different versions other than creating them yourself?