American Boundaries (American Summative Entry)

“American Literature helps me to expand the boundaries of my own experience.” American Literature is something that I’ve never felt like I’ve understood enough of, so I held very high hopes for this unit. Throughout these twelve weeks, I have definitely held onto some of the areas of study more than others, as I found particular … More American Boundaries (American Summative Entry)

Conflicting Contractions

Critical: How do you understand Faulkner’s extraordinary statement in his Nobel Prize speech “the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself … alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat”?    I’ve never believed it natural to write a lie. When everything in … More Conflicting Contractions

Fire and Ice.

Critical: Do you share Robert Frost’s belief that “A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom…it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life.” “The Figure a Poem Makes” (250-251)? If possible try to explain in your own words what you understand by this statement. Can you give an example of a poem … More Fire and Ice.