Month: July 2016

Week 6 Class 1: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is well known of its ability pointing out the problem of first impression (which is actually the first title given to the work) as well as those things that happened to the society at that time, such as marriage as a sort of trade, the male-as-the-heir system. And Pride and Prejudce did change the world for 21st century women.

There is the matter of education. In the story, Elizabeth was disrespected because Elizabeth and her sisters did not receive any formal education. And Darcy even talked about the lack of ‘class’ within her family. And at the same time,  Elizabeth’s friend Charlotte married to Colins (very probably, for the sake of money matters). Charlotte mentioned that she has no class, received no education and she is getting old and therefore she felt the insecurity. This gave a signal to the female readers: there’s only two choice – to get educated, or marry to someone rich and become someone else’s asset for your rest of time. But we should also take a look at the rules that have women in control at that time, which means that women should try to get educated in order to be free. Therefore, women started to fight for protection of their right of being educated and the social status of women has risen as educated women would try to defend their own rights.

Week 5 Class 2: Before you Go

Before you go (An Original Sonnet)
-A sonnet for Hong Kong Students

Just want a good excuse before you go.
It hurts in fact, the truth will stay true.
I wish I could, but who can say a ‘no’.
I can’t accept but all has come to due.

Just want a walk in park before you go.
To laugh, to sing, to sleep, to talk on bench
We dance, we swing, we waltz from head to toe,
We’ll have a nap, a day we won’t have french

Just want a day on beach before you go.
Enjoy the breeze and rays of sun today.
Relax and lay yourself on sand, forgo
Your work assigned, your flute and your ballet

Before you go, please, I would like to say:
If I could, you will live a nice new day

Week 5 Class 1: Lover VS Summer’s Day

Select one of the poems discussed in class today and write a Topic/Theme/Analysis critical reading.  Remember to:
1) Identify which topic you will examine,
2) Articulate what you believe the poem is doing with or saying about that topic,
3) Show how one or more of the elements of poetry are helping to support your analysis.

An analysis of Shakespeare’s love philosophy will be carried out by looking at the lines, the symbols within Sonnet 18, one of the most famous sonnets by Shakespeare.
Shakespeare, though admits that time would wash away the beauty of his lover, he still view his lover as flawless and he will never change his loving, like how sun rises from east. At the beginning of the poem, it says that his lover is fairer than the summer’s day. But in line 7, he wrote about the inevitable mortality of beauty: “And every fair from fair sometime declines”. However, he wrote “But thy eternal summer shall not fade / Nor lose possession of that fair thou owes” after that and to eternalize the lover’s beauty.
In the sonnet, Shakespeare talked about lots of dissapointment towards summer because it is too short. He wrote  ‘and summer’s lease hath all too short a date’ at the beginning, and how the sun behaves imperfectly – sometimes too hot, sometimes covered by clouds, causing a great contrast with his lover, who is much more well-tempered and is an “eternal summer shall not fade” . Also he claimed that his lover’s beauty will never fade in line 12.