After reading her poem "Ars Poetica," we met with Dorothea Lasky, Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University.
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Working in small groups, create a Snapchat video posting interpreting Dorothea Lasky's “Ars Poetica,” Cornelius Eady's “The Empty Dance Shoes” (1997), or Elizabeth Alexander's “The Female Seer Will Burn Upon This Pyre" (2001). First work through the poems together, deciding what you would like to depict by combining images, video, and text (lines from the poem or interpretations of them). As you discuss each poem, consider its form, content, imagery, and its response to other texts and topics we have discussed, including humanity, machinery, gender, social life, space, and identity.
At least one member of the group should create a separate Snapchat account for this course and share the results with the instructor. We will view your postings and discuss the poems at the end of the first half of class.
Working in groups, you will use Google Tour Builder to begin to construct a guide to your chapter of The Bell Jar. Consider such aspects as the text’s references and how to depict the role of geography in the novel.
Designate one member of your group as the map specialist, one as the researcher (including the readings and the New York Times), and one as the Bell Jar scholar. Work together to address how best to combine these resources visually, analyzing quotations and citing all sources. Save your Google Tour, but do not make it available to the public. Share it with each other and the instructor.
We will compare our results at the end of class.
For a great example of a Google Tour (though it would take far more time than we have this term), see this one depicting the history of the Dublin Rising 1916-2016.