Entries from February 2018

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Notice 10 & TOB: My Grandmother in the Stars

Notice 10 3 stanzas 4, 7, and 9 lines each “never again” italicized (and its own line) feels important to the first stanza: “we will not meet again” Sentences end mid-line earthly descriptions: horses, cows, houses, moth-eaten scarves, rugged feet cosmic descriptions: sky, sunset, universe, moons, (stars in the title) a desire for a grasp […]

Monday, February 26th, 2018

“Praying For Wind” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Notice 10 things: Immediately presents a subject, “he” “Fanning the fire” alliteration and imagery contrasts with “the snow in his voice” Oppressive and angry diction: “crushed”, “blurs”, “merges” “He says the news is all made up”: angry not at the news, but at the falsity of it? Or in denial about the truth and/or perceived […]

Monday, February 26th, 2018

“The Clean Rinse” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Notice 10 & T.O.B 16 lines, 8 stanzas, 2 lines per stanza No periods Sentences don’t end Poem doesn’t end with a hard stop (no period) Feels like it keeps going (cyclic? eternity? can’t escape it?) No capital letters, even when referring to the speaker: “i” Only capital letter is to start the poem Connected […]

Monday, February 26th, 2018

“Arabic Coffee” by Naomi Shihab Nye

“Arabic Coffee” by Naomi Shihab Nye (pp. 38-9) Notice 10 & T.O.B. 2 stanzas, 31 lines, 11 sentences, lots of commas “Us”, including “Papa”, who is the “He” Descriptive language, through a use of colors, “blacker”, and “white” Sense of time, as if in the past, “years”, “times”, “present”, “when”, “carried”, “it was”, “The coffee […]

Monday, February 26th, 2018

“Passing the Refugee Camp” – Naomi Shihab Nye

Notice 10: 5 stanzas, free verse. The images of different types of fruits repeat throughout the poem: “fruit,” “peach,” “olive,” “oranges,” and “almonds.” There is a contrast between these fruits’ sweetness and refreshing nature (which reminds the readers of hope and life) and the horror in the refugee camp. The poem establishes a contrast between […]

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

“My Father and the Figtree” -Naomi Shihab Nye

“My Father and the Figtree” Naomi Shihab Nye (pgs.6-7) Notice 10: Four Stanzas 41 lines, 12, 9, 9, 11 Use of quotations from her father such as, “See those? I wish they were figs.” and “That’s not what I’m talking about!” and “I’m talking about a fight straight from the earth — /gift of Allah! […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Staging Othello (Act 1 Scene 3)

While reading the first act of Othello I was most taken with the monologue and following lines in Act One Scene 3 where Iago repeatedly tells Rodrigo to “Put money in thy purse.” Act 1 Scene 3 IAGO: It is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of the will. Come, be a man. Drown […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Staging Othello – Lights and Characters

The way I would stage Othello would focus on the lighting within each scene, particularly on the scenes concerning Iago (specifically pp. 48, pp.82-85, and pp. 92-94). In my opinion, Iago is the cornerstone of this play (at least so far) and if the audience understands his motives and how he is feeling, then the […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Othello vs Get Out

If I was the new director of Othello, I would redirect Act I Scene III when Othello is trying to prove that Desdemona is in love with him to her father, Brabantio. (Pages 60-62) OTHELLO Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors, My very noble and approved good masters, That I have ta’en away this old […]

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Staging of Shakespeare’s “Othello”: A domestic tragedy

The lights suddenly go out at once. The orchestra strikes up an abrupt, dramatic composition. As the curtain rises, excited chatters immediately fade into thin air and an absolute silence descends over the crowd. Then there is no other sound but the singing of a man who just walks on the front stage, whose expressions […]