Prompt 1: Take one of the holy sonnets which is not included in, or referenced by, Wit. Discuss how the play might have been changed (for instance, in its focus) by using a different one of the holy sonnets, including whether that change would, in your view, have improved or weakened the play.
Prompt 2: In class, we will be discussing both The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies and The Runaway Bunny in relationship with Edson's play. After listening carefully to what I have to say about the relationship of one or both of these texts to Wit, read both of them carefully (they'll be easy to find in any decent library or bookstore, obviously in the children's section), and do one of the following.
- Extend something I had to say about the relationship among texts; that is, make my argument your own, and expand on it.
- Offer an alternative interpretation of the role played by one or more of these children's books within Edson's work.
Prompt 3: (This one was added Wednesday night). Moving beyond the differences we noticed between the Donne poetry does reference and that which she does not reference, identify another feature which is absent from the poetry she selected, and discuss what that absence means. In class, we mostly discussed the absence of the erotic side of his poetry: identify something else that isn't used in the play.
Note 2: Generally, I will add an additional prompt within a day after class, based in some way on our discussion.
Note 3: Remember that your Sunday blogs posted should go as comments to my post titled "open thread...".