Blog Topics 3 for Literature Through Time and Space

We have been travelling rapidly through both Time and Space. Chose any one of the following topics for your next blog:

1.Try to write a shaped poem like Herbert’s The Altar

2.Chose one of the women represented in the early 17th Century ( Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Wroth, Katherine Philips, Mary Cavendish), look at their biographical details, and write a short letter to a friend telling them about your plans for publishing your next piece of writing and your fears for how it might be received.

3.Chose any one of the art works presented during the virtual art gallery visit and write a prose description of its content. Say briefly why you have chosen this particular work.

4.“Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate,

Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?”

In either poetry or prose continue these lines of Samuel Johnson for a few stanzas or a paragraph. You do not have to follow in his pessimistic footsteps if you don’t want to.

5.“Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife…” (Gray’s Elegy)  Write a short paragraph, or a poem in which you expand on this vision of how life can be lived detached from the business of the world.

6.Write a page of a journal that imitates the style of Dorothy Wordsworth.

7.Following on William Wordsworth’s inspiration, write a short paragraph or a poem which focusses strongly on a meaningful event in your experience.

8.Write a paragraph in support of Mary Wollstonecraft’s sense that for true freedom, women need education.

9. Remember you can always create your own topic as long as it links to something we have explored in the last few week. It can of course relate to your own personal experience.

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