Frightening assignment

Stuck with your schoolwork? Post any questions or queries here and we'll all try to help.

Frightening assignment

Postby parnassus » Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:02 pm

I have to choose one word or one punctuation mark from any poem and write a 1500 word essay on how that word or punctuation mark contributes to the poem's overall effectiveness. Any suggestions?
"This above all, to thine own self be true." - Polonius, Hamlet.
parnassus
Site Admin
 
Posts: 5883
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:10 pm
Location: Over here

Postby Miranda » Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:22 pm

That is nasty

erm...

the word 'if'

in 'If' by Rudyard Kipling?
User avatar
Miranda
Mega Poster
 
Posts: 377
Joined: Fri Sep 02, 2005 12:26 pm

Postby Pookie » Tue Nov 15, 2005 12:33 pm

Apostrophes can create plenty of debate between people, might fulfil 1500 words. Or an exclamation mark can change the context of a sentence?
User avatar
Pookie
Advanced Member
 
Posts: 32
Joined: Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:14 pm

Postby eDan » Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:12 pm

I'm sure there are some fine examples out there. I'm a follower of the [i]Eats shoots and leaves book of grammatical scripture myself! Actually that's a great example, but far too obvious I suspect. I wish I were better read then I could find something to suggest.

Let us know what you decide on! Maybe we could mini-debate it on the forum!
User avatar
eDan
Splendiferous Member
 
Posts: 601
Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:14 pm
Location: London

Postby pinkparrot » Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:52 pm

To make it easier, a word should be chosen that pulses through the poem. This way you will be able to comment on how the words around the chosen word work with it. In this way, you should be able to talk about the whole poem. Hope that helps.
User avatar
pinkparrot
As Mad As A Box Of Frogs !
 
Posts: 2609
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:52 pm

Postby tears_on_a_pillow » Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:23 pm

Gah rather you than me Vicky
x
GOOD LUCK
tears_on_a_pillow
The Cat's Pajamas !!
 
Posts: 1460
Joined: Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:08 pm
Location: Leeds

Postby parnassus » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:56 am

pinkparrot, you know your stuff where English is concerned. I hope it is your proposed university subject! If it is not, I may just have to shoot you - you're too good to lose.

I'm thinking about taking the word listeners from Walter de la Mare's poem of the same name, but I'm still unsure.
"This above all, to thine own self be true." - Polonius, Hamlet.
parnassus
Site Admin
 
Posts: 5883
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:10 pm
Location: Over here

Postby pinkparrot » Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:40 pm

Thanks. :oops: :D
User avatar
pinkparrot
As Mad As A Box Of Frogs !
 
Posts: 2609
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:52 pm

Postby parnassus » Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:53 pm

You are most welcome. I have chosen my word - 'ivory', from Walter de la Mare's poem The Horseman. Now to try and squeeze fifteen hundred words out of that. If I succeed, I will post the essay on here.
"This above all, to thine own self be true." - Polonius, Hamlet.
parnassus
Site Admin
 
Posts: 5883
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:10 pm
Location: Over here

Postby eDan » Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:53 pm

Maybe the literary ones on here could give their thoughts on the poem too. I think this is the one Vicky has chosen:

THE HORSEMAN

I heard a horseman
Ride over the hill;
The moon shone clear,
The night was still;
His helm was silver,
And pale was he;
And the horse he rode
Was of ivory.
User avatar
eDan
Splendiferous Member
 
Posts: 601
Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:14 pm
Location: London

Postby pinkparrot » Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:54 pm

What's ivory?
User avatar
pinkparrot
As Mad As A Box Of Frogs !
 
Posts: 2609
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:52 pm

Postby eDan » Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:18 pm

Well that's the point of the assignment!

Ivory is most commonly known as the substance that elephant and walrus tusks are made of.

In the poem the use of ivory may refer to the colour of ivory, of which the horse appeared, perhaps due to the moonlight.
User avatar
eDan
Splendiferous Member
 
Posts: 601
Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:14 pm
Location: London

Postby pinkparrot » Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:24 pm

Not my assignment, though an interesting one. Thank you.
User avatar
pinkparrot
As Mad As A Box Of Frogs !
 
Posts: 2609
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:52 pm

Postby parnassus » Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:43 pm

I have completed it! Using the word 'ivory', I have managed to jemmy references to Georgian artistic culture, the four horses of the Apocalypse, traditional fairytales, and the evils of the slave trade from that poem. Don't ask me how. I'm not sure myself.
"This above all, to thine own self be true." - Polonius, Hamlet.
parnassus
Site Admin
 
Posts: 5883
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:10 pm
Location: Over here

Postby pinkparrot » Fri Nov 18, 2005 2:43 pm

Very good.
User avatar
pinkparrot
As Mad As A Box Of Frogs !
 
Posts: 2609
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 12:52 pm

Next

Return to Study Support

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron