September 20th, 2017 by kailabasile

playboy & humor

A scene I thought was very humorous was the questioning of Christy and why he was on the run from the law. The overwhelming acceptance of a potentially dangerous outlaw, going as far to suggest his patricide made him a protector of the house, etc. was unexpected funny.

Ideally, I would cast a young Helena Bonham Carter as Pegeen (thinking of her role in Room w/ a View), and if I was directing an adaption of Playboy, I would direct the actors to be incredibly excited in their accommodation of Christy. While the inn is obviously shabby, the excessive offering of comforts and drinks, etc. would camp up the scene. I would want the actor playing Christy to be incredibly cheeky and play on how interested the locals are in this story-being purposefully withholding of information, smirking, etc. when saying “Aye, it’s maybe something big” and stringing them along–would especially be funny if it was a very small and feeble actor who begins acting more self important as the questioning goes on and he gets more attention. As for Michael, Jimmy, Philly–a begrudging interest in the acting. Acting uninterested, but being drawn in. Adding some element to the mise en scene, etc. to demonstrate how little goes on in the inn/town. I thought the funny element to this scene was how unaware the characters were that their interest in Christy was unusual.

September 20th, 2017 by Aliya Nichols

Ironic Humor

At the end of Act II, Sara identifies Christopher as the man who has murdered his father and is thrilled to be in his presence. She along with, Susan, Honor and Nelly start to treat him like a celebrity by bringing him food. Their desire to meet an imbecile like Christopher is amusing because in modern society there is an apathy for meeting murderers, especially ones who have murdered a relative. In today’s society it would be psychologically concluded that there is something wrong with Christopher because he murdered his father and openly told strangers about it. This moment is humorous because the characters are putting Christy on a social pedestal for the wrong reasons. It illuminates their desperation for excitement and results in a morbid humor of celebrating a murderer who is on the run. The reactions of the characters is ironically humorous because it is the opposite reaction a civilized human being would portray. In this scene, opposites are funny so I would exaggerate them to make it humorous to an audience. I would cast Susan, Honor and Nelly as attractive females to exaggerate the positive attention Christopher is receiving. I would have them drooling over Christy and fighting over who gets to offer him food first. This type of casting and directing would elaborate on the irony and morbidity of the situation.

September 20th, 2017 by hochheij

The Playboy of the Western World/ About Humor

After reading the first act, it became clear that Pegeen is not very fond of her fiancé Shawn. It is comical to go back to the opening pages and see the way that she handles him like a small child who can’t fend for himself. It is even mentioned in the stage directions before Shawn’s lines “(With awkward humor),” to indicate that he is trying to be funny but does not necessarily succeed (lines 30-32). He then goes on to state, after Pegeen was complaining of being left alone at night and watching the hours go by, that she will no longer need to complain when the night finally passes and they are wedded and will not be walking in the dark. We can see the truth in this by the fact that Shawn’s humor is not quite humorous when Pegeen responds with, “ You’re making mighty certain, Shaneen, that I will marry you now,” (lines 33-34). This remark in itself is an ironic humor because the audience comes to realize through her language toward Shawn in the following pages that she does not wish to marry him. To further make this point obvious, the stage directions before this sentence by Pegeen states “(with rather scornful good humor)” (line 33).

September 19th, 2017 by glassq

Shawn, You So Funny!

Synge constructs the character of Shawn, the fiancé of Pegeen, as the antithesis of traditional conceptions of masculinity. As such, Synge’s depiction of Shawn is displayed through satirical humor; he relies on normalized understandings of masculinity to construct a character that is the complete opposite making Shawn’s presence in the play comical.

After Michael James returns home, with a clan of men, him and Shawn gets into a disagreement about Shawn’s staying with Pegeen: Michael demands that Shawn stay with Pegeen; whereas, Shawn is opposed because he too us afraid of the threat that lingers outside, but also because he does not wish to commit sin before him and Pegeen are married. It is in this scene where Synge’s play on normalized understandings of masculinity are revealed. After being ordered to stay with Pegeen, Shawn retorts ” [o]h, Father Reilly and the saints of God, where will I hide myself to-day? Oh, St. Joseph and St. Patrick and St. Brigid, and St. James, have mercy on me now!” (55). Here, Shawn is being very dramatic! He is calling on saints, the Priest and pleading for help- for no reason. I can imagine him hollerin, on all four with tears (from no where) running down his face.

If this was staged as a Friends episode, it would be hilarious! I could just imagine Chandler (the character) as playing Shawn; he usually is the dramatic one and it can be argued that he defies traditional gender norms. And his wife, Monica, would make a suitable Pegeen because she doesn’t be here for his bs lol! Then, Ross (the brother of Monica), would make be a perfect Michael James; they both are sorts of parental figures, but have intimate relationships with their kinfolk.

Now, imagine the above quoted scene- and the rest of the play- as an episode of Friends and watch how accurate I am!

September 15th, 2017 by haydenc

Blog Post 2: Synge’s Humor

In Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World (1907), Susan’s line made me laugh: “And I run up with a pat of butter, for it’d be a poor thing to have you eating your spuds dry, and you after running a great way since you did destroy you da” (II.69-71). This line made me laugh because of its ridiculous blasé attitude towards Christy’s identity as a murderer, an attitude all the characters exhibit throughout the first two acts. The line juxtaposes eating potatoes (a ubiquitous food in Ireland, and therefore one that invokes Irish identity), with Christy’s criminal deed, signifying that the murder does not result in the confiscation of Christy’s Irish identity. Susan presents the deed in a light that suggests the characters have pity and sympathy for Christy’s hard work in murdering his father and fleeing the site.

This line employs sarcasm, a style of humor prevalent throughout the first two acts. The play’s plot guarantees sarcasm’s relevance: in making a comedy out of the animosity murder connotes, no other comedic method would expose the irony of Christy’s simultaneous innocence and violence (which the first two acts guarantee is never performed, thus preserving Christy’s apparent harmlessness). If I were staging the scene I would ensure that the ladies exhibited consciousness of their ironic adoration of Christy; this would heighten the contrast between Christy’s “deserved” or expected punishment and the pampering he receives from the townswomen.

September 11th, 2017 by Megan

10 Things That I Noticed About Yeats’ “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

  1. First person speaker. The poem is evidently written in the first-person, with the speaker referring to his/her/its own fierce desire to go to Innisfree.
  2. A major theme of the poem appears to be the concept of isolation or the way in which the speaker feels that he/she/it will only be able to achieve peace by “liv(ing)” alone in the bee-loud glade” (line 4). This seems to suggest that it is not only an existence in the natural world that will bring the speaker peace, but the ability to escape humanity.
  3. The repetition of the line “I WILL arise and go now” at the beginning and end of the poem (lines 1 & 9). This seems to signify the speaker’s determination and desperate yearning to achieve the action of travelling to the Lake Isle of Innisfree. It is also interesting to note that the first line of the poem capitalizes the word “WILL” will the second time this line is repeated, the word “will” is lowercase. This change might suggest that the author’s determination is at its peak at the start of the poem, but is reduced towards the end of the poem, perhaps to fit with the dreamlike imagery or to emphasize the fact that the speaker still exists in a civilization, standing “on the roadway” (line 11).
  4. Emphasis on nature and the natural world in relation to peacefulness. Throughout the poem, the speaker places an emphasis on the connection to peace and the natural world. The speaker does not envision living in a luxurious home or possessing things of monetary value, but instead, plans to build a small cabin from “clay and wattles” from the earth and views peace as “dropping from the veils of morning” and extending to “where the cricket sings” (lines 5-6).
  5. Dreamlike imagery, particularly in relation to nature and speaker’s plans to inhabit Innisfree. When describing Innisfree and the natural world at certain times of day, the speaker uses words such as “glimmer” (line 7), “glow” (line 7) and “full of the linnet’s wings” (line 8), which gives us the powerful auditory image of a mystical, dreamlike setting in the forest. In this way, the speaker seems to suggest that Innisfree is a place of magic and enchantment.
  6. Rhymed quatrains with a consistent rhyme scheme of ABAB, CDCD, EFEF. The structure of the poem makes it sound like it could almost serve as a nursery rhyme or rhythmic song when spoken aloud. I believe that this has been done purposefully by Yeats in order to emphasize the enchanting quality of Innisfree, as well as to demonstrate the way in which the speaker’s thoughts and memories regarding Innisfree evoke sounds and images like a song.
  7. Internal rhyme on line 13 between “roadway” and “grey.” While the entire poem has a consistent rhyme scheme, this is the only internal rhyme within the poem. By rhyming these two words, the speaker seems to be connecting the concept of a grey, unhappy life with his current existence in a civilized location with roadways and pavements. This, coupled with the speaker’s connection between nature and peacefulness, suggests that the speaker is miserable and restless when he is not alone in the natural world of Innisfree.
  8. LOOSELY Iambic Pentameter. Similar to the effect of the structure of the poem, the tempo and stresses of the words give the poem a song-like rhythm that gives a dream-like quality to the quatrains.
  9. Inversion. In lines 2-4, the normal order of the words is reversed, placing emphasis on the parts of the natural world described in the lines, such as “clay”, “wattles,” and “bean-rows.” This inversion, or anastrophe, also helps to aid in keeping a song-like rhythm within the poem.
  10. “For always night and day” and “I heart in in the deep heart’s core.” The final quatrain of the poem is focused on the way in which the speaker is ALWAYS thinking and longing for Innisfree and constantly yearning to fulfill his dream of living in isolation on the island. The final line of the poem seems to be similar to the modern-day phrase that “home is where the heart is.” Although the speaker does not currently live in Innisfree, his heart and mind are fully committed to the lake isle.

September 7th, 2017 by hange

10 Things about “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

  1. Innisfree is a small uninhabited island in Lough Gill, Ireland. (I forgot that it was possible for an island nation to have lakes and islands as part of their geography.)
  2. It’s a lyric poem with an alternate rhyme scheme: ABAB CDCD EFEF.
  3. It has 3 quatrains, which reminds me of a Shakespearean sonnet without a couplet at the end. Since Shakespearean verse is idolized, Yeats’s alterations of this form can be seen as an act of resistance of English cultural domination in Ireland.
  4. The themes are nostalgia and escapism. The speaker engages in escapism by seeking solitude in a cabin on Innisfree (line 2) and evoking emotional associations with the isle (line 5, 12).
  5. The elements of magic and twilight that we have emphasized in class appear in this poem.
  6. The passage of time is heavily mentioned in the poem. In the first line, the speaker “arises” and travels to the isle. In lines 6-8, the speaker mentions the passing times of days by illustrating what the sky and setting would look like.
  7. The description of the setting focuses on nature, including earthy materials, insects, and water elements.
  8. Even the artificial elements of Innisfree are describe in with earthy colors so that they blend in with the isle’s natural elements.
  9. The opening phrase “I will arise and go now” is repeated in the last stanza.
  10. The rhyme scheme of the last stanza included harsher long vowel sounds that stand out against the softer melody of the second stanza. I found the last stanza to be the most powerful because of the melodic contrast.

September 7th, 2017 by Noah Fusco

10 Things I Noticed About “Who Goes with Fergus?”

  1. Title is a question, which in its structure suggests that the speaker is addressing a group.
  2. Observation 1 is reflected in lines 4-5, where the speaker addresses both a “Y0ung man,” and a “maid.”
  3. The repetition of ‘and’s lends itself towards an anaphoristic parataxical quality.
  4. There’s only two places for full stops in the entire poem: at the question mark in line 3 and at the stanza break.
  5. There are repetitions of words/images across lines: “brood” (6-7), “rules” (9-10), “wood’s woven shade” and “shadows of the wood” (2, 10).
  6. The poem both asks a question (1-3) as well as commands something of the crowd (4-8).
  7. The poem does have a rhyme scheme (abcabc defdef).
  8. The poem is octosyllabic with six line stanzas. Probably iambic.
  9. A lot of nature imagery: “deep wood”, “level shore”, “white breast of the dim sea”, “disheveled wandering stars.”
  10. Juxtaposition of the synecdochous “russet brow” and “tender eyelids” of those who the speaker is addressing against how Fergus becomes defined, associated with the largeness of nature, the expanse of the natural world (“wood”, “sea”, “stars”).

September 7th, 2017 by rubinb

10 Things I Noticed About “The Man Who Dreamed Of Faeryland”

  1. Yeats references 4 different places situated in Ireland throughout this poem. In each stanza, the speaker of the poem is in a different location in Ireland. The places referenced are Dromahair, Lissadell, Scanavin, and Lugnagall.
  2. At each location in the poem, the speaker of the poem appears to be reminiscing on a different part of his life that had taken place before his death.
  3. He capitalized the word “Time” in the first stanza of the poem
  4. In each stanza, the speaker appears to be trying to peacefully die but he keeps remembering things from his life
  5. In the first stanza, the speaker appears to be recalling a past lover when he says “his heart hung all upon a silken dress”
  6. In the second stanza, the author is recalling past issues on money, cares, and fears which could allude to the issues that Irishmen face in times of oppression and British colonization.
  7. In the third stanza, he is thinking about the people who have mocked him but the nature around him comforts him and drives his anger away.
  8. Yeats uses many metaphors and other figurative language throughout the poem. Ex: “and midnight there enfold them like a fleece”. “It seemed the sun and moon were in the fruit”. “Before earth took him to her stony cage”.
  9. In the last stanza, the speaker appears to finally be finally peacefully dying until little worms come out of the ground
  10. Yeats uses rhyme scheme and cadence throughout the poem

September 7th, 2017 by pierrec

10 Things I Noticed About “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

1. “I will arise and go now” (opening phrase) suggests a rebirth or reclaim, a change of direction in life
2. (Majority) of the poem doesn’t rhyme and has no meter
3. The poem mentions times of the day after noon, “there midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, and evening full of the linnet’s wing”
4. Many images and references to nature
5. “I shall have some peace there,” implies that the speaker can not find peace at home or where he is based and makes clear that at “home,” peace is hard to find
6. Within the last stanza of the poem, the opening line is repeated
7. Told in first person
8. The last stanza has an ABAB rhyme
9. The last stanza rhymes to acoustically portray a sing-songy feel, as well as the “fantasy” of the place (Innisfree) and how the speaker can go there any time in his mind
10. “I hear it in the deep heart’s core,” implying that Innisfree continues to exist inside of him and that is where he finds his peace

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