ENG 4U: Nunneries, Tragedy, and Blogs

Why No One Should Write Poetry At 5 AM

So far, students, there is much we have learned:

Hamlet to Denmark recently returned,

His father? Dead, but haunting the castle;

His uncle, the king, a murd’rous rascal.

What of his mother? Did she mourn the dead?

Too quickly she jumped into Claudius’ bed.

Polonius, a well-meaning fool,

Can’t beat Hamlet in a word-witty duel.

What of Ophelia, dutiful daughter?

Why does she have a penchant for water?

(Okay, I admit, the last line sounds odd,

But by Act 5, in agreement, you’ll nod).

Her father will use her to test the Prince,

Callous treatment especially since

Young O loves Hamlet and he, her…

Wait…actually….I am not really sure.

Does the Prince love? He sent her a letter,

But if he loves her, shouldn’t he treat her much better

Then dismissing her, abrupt and cold

To live in a nunnery until gray and old?

“To be or not to be?” Are you man or boy?

Oh, why must you so cruel methods employ?

Catch the king’s conscious? All good and fine,

But you risk all: your girl, your life, your mind.

About Your Blogs

Ms. Metler and I have decided that our classes will be required to comment on each other’s work. This means that you will comment on at least one blog entry by someone in her class. Hopefully, this will help you understand the nature of networks and blogs.

For Friday, I’d like you to read at least one blog entry from one of the sites below and examine its structure and content. The goal is to help you understand how writing in a networked environment works, and to help you see how this environment shapes the structure of blogs.  Please remember that the blogs you find at these sites reflect the beliefs and opinions of their creators, not me.

  • The Guardian is an excellent paper from England. Its blogs can be found here. Remember to search for the topic that interests you.
  • CBC Sports blogs may be helpful for many of you. Also consider TSN’s blogs.
  • This great article from the Atlantic may give you more to think about.
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