World War II Poetry Analysis – Due Nov 21(A) / 22(D) / 25(H)

As I hope you remember from 10th grade, Europe has been home to some of the finest poets the world has ever known.  Because I like to touch on a little poetry as we “travel the world” in each unit, I’d like you to spend today digging into some quality European poetry.  A while back,…

Blog Entry #4 – “Childhood Rebellion” – Due Oct. 3(A) / 4(D,H)

An unavoidably important element of Persepolis is the “coming-of-age” journey of Marji.  While the book’s historical and political content is obviously crucial, I would argue that the book, at its core, is the story of one girl’s complex transition from childhood into adolescence and adulthood.  We are drawn into her innocence, idealism, and identity being…

Poetry by and Inspired by Rumi – Due Sept 26(A) / Sept 27(D,H)

I don’t do poetry much in World Lit, but when I do, I think it’s worth it!  As a first step into this unit, I’m excited for you to get exposed to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi, the incredible classical Middle-Eastern poet who has withstood the test of time in rare form.  Perhaps you’ll soon discover why…

Blog Entry #3 – “Culture and Morality” – Due Sept. 6

The tension between culture and morality seems to be ever-present in The Good Earth, but I think it reaches a climax when Lotus enters the picture.  I of course think that Wang Lung committing adultery is morally wrong, but these cultural questions still naggingly tug in the back of my mind.  Would I have felt…