This is, however, NOT a dry class! Students have fun in this challenging and fast-paced course because the works are relevant and interesting! Students will begin with the works of several Puritan authors including Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards, recognizing the Puritan roots of this country. Students will then follow American history through the Enlightenment and colonial periods in Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography. He is an exceedingly interesting and compelling individual. Romantic (and not the kiss-kiss-hug-hug type of romance) writers Nathaniel Hawthorne’s and Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories mark the beginning of a truly unique national literature, and students will come to recognize the dark romance as a distinct genre. The poetry of Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow rounds out the Romantic era. The fall semester ends with the hilarious short stories of Mark Twain. Over the break students will read Twelve Years a Slave, a moving and gripping account of a man held prisoner as a slave, but no other homework will be assigned. In the spring semester, students begin with the haunting Civil War tale The Red Badge of Courage, a masterpiece of naturalist fiction by Stephen Crane before move rapidly into the 20th century. The poetry of Robert Frost introduces students into the modern era and is followed by writers of the Lost Generation. Students will learn to discern elements of post-modern fiction from a variety of perspectives. The Great Gatsby displays the fruitlessness and hopelessness of the flappers yet provides some moral lessons; Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea offers a lesson in perseverance. John Steinbeck’s novella The Pearl causes pupils to question the American dream, corruption, greed, and love of family. The short stories of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, O. Henry, and Eudora Welty are always favorites of the pupils. Students finish the semester with the hilarious American play Arsenic and Old Lace.
As I entered the building which housed the rink, the warm, nostalgic scent of popcorn hit that part of my brain where dusty, cobwebbed memories live, memories of my own adolescence....
1The sense of sight, the primary sense, is particularly susceptible to manipulation. 2In "The Tell-Tale Heart," Poe uses the following image to describe a static scene: "His room was as black as pitch with the thick darkness . . ." Poe used the words "black," "pitch," and "thick darkness" not only to show the reader the condition of the old man's room, but also to make the reader feel the darkness." 3"Thick" is a word that is not usually associated with color (darkness), yet in using it, Poe stimulates the reader's sense of feeling as well as his sense of sight.
1Stephen King, creator of such stories as Carrie and Pet Sematary, stated that the Edgar Allan Poe stories he read as a child gave him the inspiration and instruction he needed to become the writer that he is. 2Poe, as does Stephen King, fills the reader's imagination with the images that he wishes the reader to see, hear, and feel. 3His use of vivid, concrete visual imagery to present both static and dynamic settings and to describe people is part of his technique. 4Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" is a story about a young man who kills an old man who cares for him, dismembers the corpse, then goes mad when he thinks he hears the old man's heart beating beneath the floor boards under his feet as he sits and discusses the old man's absence with the police. 5In "The Tell-Tale Heart," a careful reader can observe Poe's skillful manipulation of the senses.
His room was as black as pitch...so I knew that he could not see the opening of the door....I had my head in, and was about to open the lantern, when my thumb slipped upon the tin fastening...the old man sprang up in bed, crying out--'Who's there?'"
1"Thick darkness," "thread of the spider," and "vulture eye" are three images that Poe used in "The Tell-Tale Heart" to stimulate a reader's senses. 2Poe wanted the reader to see and feel real life. 3He used concrete imagery rather than vague abstract words to describe settings and people. If Edgar Allan Poe was one of Stephen King's teachers, then readers of King owe a debt of gratitude to that nineteenth-century creator of horror stories.
In 1985, Jonathan's first novel, , was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller. BOUGH was also produced as a TV movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel. |
When Martha first began teaching American literature, she found so much conflicting information about Edgar Allan Poe that she became confused about what to teach her students.
Poe published his only major long piece,, in 1838 and a short story collection, , in 1839. His poem "The Raven," printed in the New York on 29 January 1845, brought him considerable recognition. , a second collection of short stories, and a third volume of poems,, appeared in 1845. After the death of his wife in January 1847, he continued to write and to pursue his ambition of owning his own magazine. In early October of 1849, while traveling to New York to marry Sarah Royster Shelton, a widowed former sweetheart, Poe stopped in Baltimore, where he was later found ill on a city street. He died in a Baltimore hospital on 7 October 1849. His unexpected death was noted by nearly every significant newspaper and magazine in the eastern United States.
The first sentence of the concluding paragraph uses the principal words from the quotations from each paragraph of the body of the paper. This summarizes those three paragraphs. The second and third sentences provide observations which can also be considered a summary, not only of the content of the paper, but also offers personal opinion which was logically drawn as the result of this study. The last sentence returns to the Edgar Allan Poe-Stephen King relationship that began this paper. This sentence also provides a "wrap-up" and gives the paper a sense of finality.
Poe, Edgar Allan The South's most renowned literary artist of the 19th century spent most of his productive years as a struggling journalist in large northern cities. Born on 19 January 1809, in Boston, Mass., Poe was the second child of David and Elizabeth Arnold Poe, both active theatrical performers on the East Coast of the United States. His father mysteriously disappeared in 1810, and after his mother's subsequent death, in December 1811, he became the foster son of John Allan, a prominent Richmond, Va., tobacco merchant who gave Poe many childhood advantages. In 1826 he attended the University of Virginia, leaving after only a few months to join the United States Army. His first volume of poems, entitled , was privately published in 1827; a second volume, , appeared in 1829 shortly after he was honorably discharged from the army. Aided by his foster father, he entered West Point in 1830 as a cadet but was soon discharged for failing to heed regulations. Beginning in 1829, influential writers and journalists like John Neal and John P. Kennedy began to support his efforts to attain literary prominence. , a third volume of poetry, was published in 1831.
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