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Our assignments this week will allow us to review the satire of Oscar Wilde, it's effectiveness in engaging the reader, and the relevancy of satire in today's world.
TUESDAY, FEB. 12: As a closure activity, we will watch a clip from the movie "Paris, je T'aime" and compare the syntax and subject matter used in the movie to "The Importance of Being Earnest". We will also read a current satire that appeared in the Rochester City Newspaper, titled A City in Wales, and compare the two satiric pieces.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14: For Valentine's Day, we will discuss T.S.Eliot's "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock". A link to a full text of the poem can be found here. The poem is also in your text, Sound and Sense on pages 285-290. Please be prepared to discuss the poetic elements Eliot uses in the poem, including syntax and diction, irony, symbolism and the "objective correlative".
The objective correlative is defined as follows by Robert Clark:
A term introduced by T.S Eliot in his essay “Hamlet and His Problems” (1919). Eliot observes that there is something in Hamlet which Shakespeare cannot “drag into the light, contemplate, or manipulate into art”, at least not in the same way that he can with Othello’s jealousy, or Coriolanus’ pride. He goes on to deduce that “the only way of expressing emotion in the form or art is by finding an ‘objective correlative’; in other words, a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula for that particular emotion; such that when the external facts, which must terminate in a sensory experience, are given, the emotion is immediately evoked.” (Selected Essays, [London: Faber and Faber, 1951], pp. 144-5).
Also, be thinking of how to apply the following quote to this text and to Shelley's "Frankenstein"
"Whoever fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become one himself"
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