Posted: February 1st, 2021

Week 4 discussion 4.2: interpreting literature discussion topic

 

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISCUSSIONS:   Your contributions should be thoughtful and developed.  Answer all parts of the question and use concepts from the course materials.  Use a professional style of communication, with attention to grammar, spelling, and typos; cite your sources.  

Unless your instructor specifies otherwise, choose ONE of the following questions, and give a substantive response to at least two other students.

1.  SUPERNATURAL SHORT STORIES

Both of the short stories explore dimensions of the supernatural.  Using the tools you have gathered in Discussion 1.1 about literary language, literary genres, and literary terms, compare and contrast the two stories in light of this supernatural theme.  Make sure to use at least two tools from Discussion 4.1. Underline or boldthe vocabulary, concept or technique you use as a interpretative tool in your post. 

2.  POETIC JOURNEYS 

Both Keats and Han Shan explore the theme of a journey, symbolic or literary.  Using the tools you have gathered in Discussion 1.1 about literary language, literary genres, and literary terms, compare and contrast the Keats’ sonnet with three of the Cold Mountain poems in light of this journey theme.  Make sure to use at least two tools from Discussion 4.1. Underline or bold the vocabulary, concept or technique you use as a interpretative tool in your post. 

3.  VARIATIONS ON A THEME:  POETRY AND PROSE

Compare and contrast one of the poems and one of the stories. Identify a common theme between the two. Using the tools you have gathered in Discussion 1.1 about literary language, literary genres, and literary terms, compare and contrast the two stories in light of this theme.  Make sure to use at least two tools from Discussion 4.1. Underline or bold the vocabulary, concept or technique you use as a interpretative tool in your post. 

4. ANALYZE A POEM OR STORY

Pick one of the poems or stories and analyze it by itself.  Identify a key theme and, using the tools you have gathered in Discussion 1.1 about literary language, literary genres, and literary terms, carefully analyze and interpret your poem or story as an expression of this theme.  Make sure to use at least two tools from Discussion 4.1. Underline or bold the vocabulary, concept or technique you use as a interpretative tool in your post

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